'vorübergehend sind wir hier' is Mirka Walter's first solo exhibition. It refers to a one-page narration by Franz Kafka called ‚die Vorüberlaufenden‘. The story tells about encounters and non-encounters at night. The artist transfers the concept of passing by to life as a whole, the volatile, momentary and every time changing existence of every one of us and the passers-by we encounter. It might be an encouragement to encounter those who intersect with us more often, and to seek more joy in the intuition of the everyday moment.
Mirka Walter is an emerging visual artist from Cologne, Germany. It was here where Mirka got first in touch with surrealism, as Max Ernst was born in Brühl, a small city close to Cologne. But what especially has been influencing Mirka’s work and worldview is the feminist surrealism by artists such as Leonora Carrington. This fascination is connected to Mexico, an entirely surrealist country in so many aspects, where the artist lived for two years.
What Mirka wants to capture is the beauty, banality and brutality of the everyday, the human body in motion as well as a surreal and fantastic representation of the natural world. The artist’s favorite materials are watercolor in all its expressions and ink. The artist also holds a great love for collage and paper cut artwork. In 2023, the artist has participated in more than seven publication as well as exhibition of similar amount, both physical and virtual.
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