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Irmari Nacht
Englewood, NJ
Mixed Media, Sculpture

Artwork Details

Recycled Artist Books, paper, cut, folded or distressed

Irmari Nacht's art has been exhibited in every major museum in New Jersey, including the Newark Museum, NJ State Museum, Morris Museum, and Montclair Art Museum, and is in several corporate and public collections. She has exhibited internationally, as well as nationally, and received two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture.

Nacht has made artist books throughout the years, but in 2007 she began working steadily on the "Saved" series, which she is presently continuing . These book works are in many collections and have been recently been shown at the Belskie Museum, NJ, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, MA, Doverodde Book Arts Festival, Denmark, NJ State Museum, and in numerous solo shows.

Irmari Nacht's recycled books series entitled "SAVED," uses books that otherwise might be discarded and transforms them into artworks. The books are often painted, distressed, and cut, sometimes into slivers which curl and undulate, and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made. Lately, the books have exploded from their spines: a 4" book has grown to 24" through a series of cuts and spirals reaching out to the viewer with subliminal messages.

The words on the pages of the books are sliced, slivered, or torn and become interwoven with other slivers and slices to make the original meaning no longer clear. But the words are still there - creating new information now obtained by reading only the letters that are visually available. Or, as the words of the book extend beyond the surface of the covers by means of the outreaching slivers, the ideas and concepts of the book move out to the viewer, perhaps generating new ideas.

The reality of the book is questioned: is it no longer a book, or is it a container for concepts? Is it now a sculpture? Must a book have pages and words, or can it be an electronic device imparting knowledge through sight rather than touch? And a book without readable words - has it changed the basic integrity of a book and become an art object capable of many interpretations? Does it now please the aesthetic senses as well as the intellectual one?

This artwork, using the book as a metaphor, addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, altered reality, as well as the concept of multiple imagery, which highlights the strength and energy of repeated elements.

"We are all affected by changes in the environment and are beginning to realize the need to recycle to protect our future," writes Irmari. "I hope my books will increase awareness of these changes and will get people thinking about recycling, reusing, and repurposing."

Irmari will have two pieces in an exhibition called Sports in Art (August 22 - October 13, 2016) at the Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth.