My practice is situated at the intersection of textile and ceramics. I am interested in the interplay between craft and technology; the complex and often ambiguous relationship between handmade and machine-made results. Textile and clay are the main materials I am using in my sculptures and installations. Since a few years I developed an intimate relationship with clay. My work is characterized by a sensitive, intuitive and process driven approach to materials. I am continuously navigating between what I term as hardware (ceramic) and software (textile).
I investigate fashion’s formal and structural vocabulary, its production process and its complex relationship to the body, the self and society. Another aspect of my work is investigating the sensual experience that has become increasingly rare through today’s technologies. I construct three-dimensional structures in space by drawing lines with clay. These define and question our interaction with the world that surrounds us. In my own terminology, I refer to this practice as ‘drawing with clay in space’, a concept which is pushing my work towards sculpture and installation. The process plays a crucial role as it often leads me to the next project.
She participated in shows and exhibitions at Chamber Gallery New York, Kunsthalle Fri Art Fribourg, The White House Gallery Belgium, PLUS-ONE Gallery Antwerp, Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart Biel in Switzerland, ISO Amsterdam and Mode Museum Antwerp.
Baechler attended several artists-in-residency programs in institutions such as EKWC (European Ceramic Work Centre, NL), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and CERCCO Centre for Experimentation and Realisation in Contemporary Ceramics (HEAD–Geneva).
She gives lectures and teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Since 2015 she is collaborating with outsider artists on ceramic projects. She is awarded several times with the Federal Swiss Design Award. Her works are in public and private collections, such as HEAD-Genève & Museum für Gestaltung Zurich.
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