Monika Oechsler’s works explore cultural experiences and phenomena by investigating the dynamic relationships constituted through social and cultural forms. Many of her works are based on psychoanalytic concepts and social theories that become the basis for choreographed interpersonal scenarios. In recent work she has particularly focussed on the ideological aspects of iconic architecture and the experience of historical sites. Her interest in personal and collective experience fosters a concern for how language, cultural forms and knowledge shape our being in the world.
Oechsler has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. Her national and international commissions are notable for complex multi-schreen video and immersive sound environments, for example, from Film and Video Umbrella, London, Picture This, Bristol, Fact and Tate Liverpool, Edith Russ Haus fuer Media, Oldenburg, Site Gallery Sheffield and Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz. Her work is in private and public collections.
She is senior lecturer on the BA and MA Fine Art programmes at the University of the West of England, Bristol and also teaches at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. She studied at Goldsmith College University of London were she received an MFA in 1996 and was awarded a PhD in 2012 from the University of Brighton.
© Monika Oechsler 2017