Daniela Koch

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Daniela Koch’s primary medium is photography which she combines with painting and other mixed media techniques to realise the very essence of the sensual moment.

The artist uses light in stark contrast and occasional blending colour to highlight the dramatic prominence of the sense she is drawing the viewer into.

Daniela Koch is driven by sense and feeling, her works providing focal access to depths of the human soul and psyche. Through her captivating photography and mixed media assemblages, Koch invites the viewer into the inner world, whereupon entering you understand the expansive and integral tension which binds humans to their senses, nature to balance and us to one another.

Koch’s works embody this connection. The artist’s Meraki series derives inspiration from its namesake. In Greek, ‘Meraki’ means to do something with soul, creativity or love – when you put “something of yourself” into what you are doing. Each work of the series explores one of the five senses, the overlaying of images of the body with gestural paint strokes, as the artist extracts the concentrated power of each through her layering of textural painting, adding something in “meraki.”

Light interplays with shadow and colour with texture, creating a concentrated nexus, where beauty, melancholy, flesh and spirit, motion and stillness, feeling and sublime nothingness are held together in equilibrium epitomised in works titled Psithurism, describing in Greek “the rustling of leaves in the wind”: the sublime moment heard, felt, seen and concretised forever in light and shape of a delicate, golden winged leaf, held suspended in darkness.

The senses are the membrane through which we experience the world and yet to have sense is predicated by its necessary absence. The artist’s works titled Ticket to the Moon are concerned with the interplay of lightness and heaviness in the human condition. She uses a dynamic layering of different sections of black and white photographs together with paint as an abstracted, nonverbal tool of communication, as instinctive as light itself, to describe the unconscious duality of life, living and feeling. Intertwining these forces through a transcendental eye seeing through the lens of her camera, Koch makes tangible the unobtainable imminence of experience.

Text by Constance Chester


In Greek, ‘Meraki’ means to do something with soul, creativity or love – when you put “something of yourself” into what you are doing.

Daniela Koch

Biography Daniela Koch


born 1992 in Munich, Germany


Education

since 2017 Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany / Painting and Graphics, Class Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt


Exhibitions (selection)

2021
Supermarkt Frische Lieferung, Group Show, Rewe Premium Munich, Germany
Blick zurück nach vorn, Galerie Klüser, Munich, Germany

2020
Pandamic Edition, Annual Exhibition Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Class Gregor Hildebrandt, MUCCA, Munich, German
Der River, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

2019
Annual Exhibition Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany

2018
Annual Exhibition Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany
Wir schwimmen alle im selben Wasser, Class Gregor Hildebrandt, Pasinger Fabrik München, Munich, Germany

2017
Annual Exhibition Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany

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Daniela Koch in her studio.

Works by Daniela Koch

  • Koch daniela ticket to the moon gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Ticket to the Moon

    Inkjetprint / each 50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 in (framed) / €1,600

  • Koch daniela psithurism fotografie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Psithurism

    Photography / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €650

  • Koch daniela on the roof of 44 fotografie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    On the Roof of 44

    Analog photography / 100 x 70 cm / 39.4 x 27.6 in (framed) / €1,400

  • Koch daniela meraki schmecken gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Meraki Schmecken

    Photography, acrylic on paper / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €800

  • Koch daniela meraki hoeren gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Meraki Hören

    Photography, acrylic on paper / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €800

  • Koch daniela meraki riechen gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Meraki Riechen

    Photography, acrylic on paper / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €800

  • Koch daniela meraki sehen gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Meraki Sehen

    Photography, acrylic on paper / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €800

  • Koch daniela meraki fuehlen gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Meraki Fühlen

    Photography, acrylic on paper / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €800

  • Koch daniela cold hands fotografie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Cold Hands

    Photography / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €650