In Saved: Recycled Artist Books, Irmari Nacht presents sculptural work for her first show at Carter Burden Gallery. Nacht transforms books, that otherwise might be discarded, into artwork. Nacht reuses every piece of the original book in the final sculpture. She paints, distresses, cuts, and creates curling slivers out of original form. The final forms often represent tree-like shapes that reference the original organic materials from which the book was made. Nacht states, "I am very interested in recycling and look at discards as a wonderful opportunity to create something new. We are all affected by changes in the environment and are beginning to realize the need to recycle to protect our future. I hope my books will increase awareness of these changes and will get people thinking about recycling, reusing, and repurposing."
Irmari Nacht studied at the Art Students League, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and State University of New York at Cortland. Her work has 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; Palazzo Trinci, Perugia, Italy; Rutgers University, NJ; and in solo shows at the Atrium Gallery, 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. She exhibits internationally, as well as nationally, and has received two New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowships for sculpture.