Irmari Nacht was born in New York city. She studied at the Art Students League, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and State University of New York at Cortland. Her current artwork includes recycled books and collages. She hopes to increase awareness of environmental changes and get people thinking about recycling, reusing, and reimaging.
Her current series Saved uses books that otherwise might be discarded and transforms them into artworks. The books are cut, sometimes into slivers which curl and undulate, and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made. Sometimes painted, wetted, and re-formed, the books change from utilitarian entities to sculptural objects capable of many interpretations. Lately, the books have exploded from their spines: a 4” book has grown to 24” through a series of cuts and spirals reaching out to the viewer with subliminal messages.
Her work has been recently been shown at the Morris Museum,NJ; Redland Museum, Cleveland, Qu. (Australia); Belskie Museum,NJ; NJ State Museum; Newark Museum,NJ; WAH Center, NY, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, VA; June Fitzpatrick Gallery, ME; Wiener Library, London,UK; PalazzoTrinci, Perugia, Italy; Rutgers University, NJ; and in solo shows at the AtriumGallery, Bard College at Simon's Rock, MA; Intermezzo Gallery, BergenPAC,NJ; and Brooklyn Public Library, NY. Nacht’s art is in several corporate and public collections: AT&T, PSE&G, ADP, Newark Museum, International Museum of Collage, Mexico, Bowdoin College, Jimmy Carter Museum, Cleveland Institute of Art, Rutgers University, and Yale Art Museum. She exhibits internationally, as well as nationally, and received two NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture. She received a second Puffin Foundation Grant for “Who Am I?” an interactive project where the viewer becomes part of the artwork.
Websites: www.irmari.com, irmarinacht.shutterfly.com