Helen Kohl

We are gut vessels carrying the ebb and high tides of life, 

Attached to myriad funnels and antennas, 

Sharing water, tears, and personal truths. 

We spill. We leak. We seethe. 

We are in communion with space.

We roam this world, thinking we are fully autonomous bodies – no roots attached; the skin of our bodies marking the border where one being starts and the other ends. But we forget that as bodies, we are porous. We leak and we seethe, and our physical body, as well as its inhabiting soul or spirit, is in constant exchange with its surroundings. We exchange thoughts and experiences; we share tears and laughter.

In a way, we are vessel beings walking the earth with myriad antennas and funnels, gathering waters of all sorts to brew within us our own ocean of belonging. Our tides thereby made by the tides of others; sharing the same waters but never carrying the same ocean. We are tactile feelers, listeners, tasters, and information gatherers of all senses; never found in situations without stimulation. Our funnels always open to receive information in exchange for our own personal stories and histories.

Being human is to fill, to spill, to receive, and to share.

Helen Kohl is a German sculptor and installation artist based in Oxford, with a keen interest in poetic writing and philosophy, and a background in biology and education. Her work spans a wide range of different mediums, from more traditional materials and techniques, such as casting and glass work, to writing, performance, and installation. The carrying vessel shape, the receiving and giving funnel, the idea of shared waters, and listening to silent spaces are thereby re-occurring themes in her practice. In response to what Donna Haraway describes as Troubled Times, Helen Kohl’s work emphasises what Ursula Le Guin would call the life story — the subtle, often unnoticed sensations and sounds of life itself that are embedded in moments, materials, and history.


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