"What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes if he's a painter, or ears if he's a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart is he's a poet, or even, if he's a boxer, just his muscles?  On the contrary, he's at the same time a political being, constantly alive to heartrending, fiery, or happy events, to which he responds in every way.  No, painting is not done to decorate apartments.  It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy." - Pablo Picasso   


This series of paintings came from my reaction to the violence in our current world, and relates it to the wars and violence which have been plaguing humankind for thousands of years.  I have been working with the celebrated local poet, Glenn North, to combine these paintings with poems for a book which came out this year and is for sale in numerous spots around KC.  Check it out at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Prospero's, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery and more.    Soon to happen - an installation at the World War I Museum!! Stay tuned for more information!


Ada Koch

Artist/Painter/Educator

​                     New book now for sale!!!

love, loss and violence