Heidi Bucher, ‘Untitled’, date unknown, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Trained in fashion, Heidi Bucher began her career working with the body, using latex to create body casts and second skins for women. She extended the latex method to examine the idea of the body in space, creating “skinnings” of private architectural spaces of both personal and historical significance. In Untitled, Bucher skins the imprint of a floor by layering it with fabric, and pouring latex over it to capture the details.

Courtesy The Estate of Heidi Bucher & Freymond-Guth Fine Arts

About Heidi Bucher

Swiss sculptor, Bucher, is most known for her work dealing with the body, private spaces, domestic life, and individual and collective experiences. She moved to California in the 1960s, and in the United States, she befriended Edward Kienholz and collaborated with her husband, Carl Bucher, on Bodyshells, a series of wearable sculptures exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1972. Continuing her exploration of the relationship between clothing and architecture, she returned to Switzerland in the mid-1970s and began her most iconic body of work, latex casts of objects and architectural elements. Heidi Bucher’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and North America. In 2004, Bucher was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskurst, Zürich, Switzerland. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France; Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland; Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; and the Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany; among others. Bucher’s work is in the permanent collection of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland.

Swiss, 1926-1993, Winterthur, Switzerland