German artist Katrin von Lehmann was born in 1959 in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1984 to 1991 and spent a working stay in Lisbon as part of a DAAD scholarship from 1991 to 1993, as well as in Bergen/Norway in 2014 and 2015. Today the artist lives in Berlin, where she develops her works inspired by the exchange with scientific institutes.
Learning to See and Understanding Behavior
During her art studies in Munich, Katrin von Lehmann accompanies a blind couple, helping them with their household and their purchases. Impressed by how independently they shape their lives, they become aware of previously unconscious processes of seeing. She transforms everyday scenes of the couple into drawings and experiments with eyes closed. This experience was groundbreaking for the artist. Even today she deals with life forms and human behavior, with the motivation to show the tension between systematics and intuition in an aesthetically tangible form.
Katrin von Lehmann is interested in the course of events and researches topics such as cloud classification, cell division or human diversity. Based on scientific data and method, she develops artistic experimental arrangements. For example, the work 'Eye Observation' is a translation of scientific data of cloud observation into an artistic form of expression such as drawings folded here. This is just one example of many scientifically motivated works by Katrin von Lehmann. She explores the field of drawing by combining techniques such as cutting, folding, perforating or weaving with drawing or photography.
An Internationally Recognized Artist
Katrin von Lehmann has been invited by various institutions such as the Foundation for Chance and Design (Berlin) and the Bogazici University of Molecular Biology and Genetics (Istanbul) to present their work in a lecture. In the FAZ, her works were shown in the print and internet project 'Art and Science in Dialogue' and in the exhibition WissensARTen in the Research Museum Alexander König in Bonn. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums or project spaces across Europe and at the Volta art fair in New York. Her works can be found in public and private collections at home and abroad, such as the Geophysical Institute Bergen (Norway) or the Allianz Foundation Forum Pariser Platz (Berlin).