Horst Kiechle Interview
German-born Horst Kiechle is a paper artist who constructs anatomical paper models. His 3D designs include a torso with fitting organs and variations of the heart.
Who are you?
What do you do?
Half of the time I cut, crease and glue paper together. This process allows me to listen to music and let my mind wander.
I also process designs on my computer and work on other design projects usually with my favorite music and a glass of wine.
Where did you grow up?
In the southwest of Germany, close enough to cycle across the borders of France and Switzerland to buy proper baguette in France, or air-dried beef in Switzerland.
When did you take your first big risk in life?
Having just completed my engineering studies in Germany, I flew to New Zealand to visit a woman I had met a few years earlier.
Once there, we decided to stay together, and I started my artistic career by combining watercolours with computer programming.
Why have you found success so far?
I am very patient. I don’t rush my work. It needs to function on multiple levels so I have a story to tell.
Who is someone you’d love to work with, but can’t?
As much as I have enjoyed collaborations with sculptors, architects, performance artists and fashion designers, I prefer to work alone for my own projects.
What are you working on now?
A series of artworks for an exhibition where natural concepts of irregularity and imperfections are imprinted onto a well defined mathematical object – an ovoid.
Where do you spend most of your free time?
Running through suburbia and every now and then on trails through the forests of New Zealand.
When you look back at your life so far, describe your biggest success.
Life is a journey. Somehow I always felt that the journey would be most interesting if it lets me experience as many different things as possible.
This applies to professions as well as cultures. I am really pleased that my wife and I have managed to live and immerse ourselves in the cultures of 8 different countries so far.
Why are you doing this interview?
Mylo digs up interesting stuff – and they’ve been good to me – so you say ‘yes’ if asked.