Nikola Irmer is a German contemporary artist. She studied at San Francisco Art Institute, Glasgow
School of Art and Hunter College New York. Born in 1970, she lives and works in Berlin.
In her most recent series of works, Nikola Irmer has concentrated on seemingly forgotten
collections of stuffed bird and animal specimens found stored away in many of Europe's natural history museums. She finds it hard to understand why these amazing specimens lead such a
reclusive shelf life, and is fascinated by the
haphazard arrangements that often result from cramming them together in cupboards. Her paintings give the individual specimens new life.
Her work has also concentrated on specific people or groups of people. Through close interaction with her models, she gains insight into their way of life
and reflects this in her paintings - full of intensity and psychology. For example, she accompanied Horst the
gay cross-dresser for long periods of time, talked
to him, took photographs and made drawings, to capture the essence of the man.
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