Using an austere vocabulary of line and wash rendered in the most basic materials - ink, crayon, or gouache on white paper - Silvia Bächli focuses on the space created within and around a drawing, believing that "good drawings are larger than the format decreed by the edge of the paper." While capturing only the most essential aspects of dried dandelions, Bächli retains their wavering, fragile beauty in Pusteblumen.
Series: Maharam Digital Projects
Image rights: © 2010 Silvia Baechli, Maharam under license
About Silvia Bächli
Silvia Bächli believes that “good drawings are larger than the format decreed by the edge of the paper.” Indeed, many of her drawings, usually made in a small format, appear to be cut-off or zoomed-in. Bächli displays these in installations, or “ensembles, fixed constellations,” as she calls them, whose particular configurations are equally, if not more, important than their component parts. For each piece, she first produces a large number of drawings, then laboriously sorts through them, before arranging them in a display; the process is so time-consuming that she only makes one or two installations a year. More recently, photography has become more significant in her practice; Bächli has made assemblages of re-photographed newspaper clippings, as well as installations comprising of photographs and drawings.
Swiss, b. 1956, Baden, Switzerland