"I like to invent the materials. I think it is a part of my job, to invent new techniques—the right technique for everything." she explains. "I prefer to work outside often including weather and elements such as fire, earth, wind and water in my processes." This allows Kille to develop a dynamic practice that at once investigates and subverts the fundamental elements of art making, blurring the lines between what constitutes painting, sculpture, and everyday object. Art is no longer an object, art is an event in time and space.
Since her solo exhibition Utopia X-posed at The High Line in Chelsea, New York in 2018, the artist has been creating large environmental installations which she also titles "constellations", referring to her personal interest in Vedic astrology. In dreamlike and often surreal environments Isolde Kille interconnects and collapses all media, moving away from a linear viewing of singular art objects while manipulating art materials and imagery in order to examine art’s relation to social experience. Isolde Kille hopes to revolutionize the interplay of concealment and exposure, action and reaction, in- and outside the gallery space. Each performance, happening, as well as collaboration with other artists is recorded with multiple cameras and from different perspectives in order to create a larger final film. Integrating conceptual depth with a poetic sensibility and innovative processes the final film (in process) examines the transition between our analog and digital realities.
Born in Welver, Germany, Isolde Kille studied painting, photography and film at the art academies in Berlin, Dresden, Bremen and Düsseldorf, finishing her studies with a master’s degree in fine arts (Meisterschüler) at the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany.
As a graduate student in Berlin, Kille was involved in several independent art initiatives which brought Kille into dialogue with the international art community and inspired her to travel to New York. Feeling more creatively liberated in the United States, in 1998 Kille made New York City her home, and embarked on a productive period. Isolde has shown domestically and internationally at venues such as: Kunstwerke and Kunsthaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany; John Gibson Gallery, John Weber Gallery; Lital Mehr Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY; Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, among others.
Since 2012, Kille lives and works in the beginning of Rocky Mountains near Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. She prefers to work on the land surrounded by Nature and over longer periods in time. In 2020, she founded the art space Timespecific where she curates local events and on-line exhibitions exploring dialogue between humans and the natural realms, emphasizing her interest in Climate Crisis.
Since January 2021 she is an artist at Vital Spaces which allows her to create immersive environmental installations in a former Guess store in the Fashion Outlet Mall in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kille describes: "This is a wonderful opportunity in Time and Space to transform the former places of consumption into experiences in the here and now. The documentation of events and happenings is on-going, yet - this technology of constantly recording has been adopted by new tribes in an effort to redeem society."