THE DEED | DAS WERK: Michael Kirch

Berlin-based artist and sculptor Michael Kirch talks about the central message of his artistic work during his interview.

Michael, what makes your art special? What is it about – what are the central themes of your work?

We live in a world where we are constantly sorted into one side or the other of a dualistic divide. The moment one person encounters another, the sorting process begins: Are they masculine or feminine? Are they left or right? Are they white or black? Are they a winner or a loser? Are they car drivers or bike riders? Are they with me or against me? The list is endless.

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Michael Kirch, Doodles

The prevailing assumption is that the other must fall on one side of the dualistic divide. Through my artistic work I aim to heal some of the wounds inflicted by this knife, starting with my own wounds. I aim to blunt the edge of this knife, to strengthen our innate humane forces of integration, starting with my own humanity.

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Michael Kirch, Balancing act

For people interacting with my art I hope to trigger curiosity, wonder and relief. The feeling of relief grows as the dualistic divide softens and is gradually replaced by a sensation of integration. In my work, sensuality, sexuality and beauty join together as one creative healing force.

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Michael Kirch, Snowwhite

As the viewer walks around the sculpture, the object and the viewer engage in a collaborative play of shyness and boldness, of being vulnerable and safe, of being seen and in hiding. This is a subconscious emotional process rather than an intellectual deliberation of the mind.


THE DEED | DAS WERK is a complementary and separately presented part of THE INTERVIEW IN|DEEDS with Michael Kirch.

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