Magazine article Artforum International

Silvia Bachli

Magazine article Artforum International

Silvia Bachli

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CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN

With titles such as "Yellow as Quince" and "Tibet," each of Silvia Bachli's small, black and white drawings seems to suggest its own quirky universe of exotic associations and half-buried memories. When the drawings are grouped together, it is difficult to discern the individual ideas that reside in each expressive trace. As if to complicate matters further, her drawing style has become even more economical over the past few years, transcending gesture while maintaining a strong corporeal presence. Intimately focusing on fragments that reveal the core of an object, Bachli often depicts only details of things or bodies. Feminine themes appear, but the female body does not function as a leitmotif. In each individual work, Bachli is concerned with precision and with using the most appropriate medium; sometimes a found photograph can even take the place of a drawing.

These drawings are usually shown in specific constellations in a strictly delimited area, as they are in her studio, where after you look at them for a while, distinct groups begin to form. …

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