German–American artist Esther Teichmann (b. 1980) received a Masters of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art in 2005. She is based in London where she is senior lecturer at the London College of Communication/University of the Arts London. Esther completed a PhD by project at the RCA in 2011 and is currently a guest professor and visiting artist in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts. Teichmann's work has been exhibited and published internationally, with group shows in Houston, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Mannheim and Modena as well as in solo exhibitions in the UK, Australia, Germany and Switzerland. Esther curated a series of events, Affect & the Photographic, for The Photographers' Gallery in February 2011 and recently published a limited edition artist's book, Drinking Air.
Her on-going body of work ‘Mythologies’ uses still and moving image, collage and painting to create alternate worlds, which blur autobiography and fiction. Central to this work lies an exploration of the origins of fantasy and desire and how these are bound to experiences of loss and representation. Working with intimate subjects including filmic works, photographs of turned away bodies and mythical landscapes, Teichmann's work explores the relationships between images and the narratives these juxtapositions create. She repeatedly returns to ideas of an impossible return, of grief and a sense of inherited home-sickness within primordial spaces of enchantment.