‘Dear Clay’ by Stéphanie Baechler, Book launch & exhibition: 25 – 27.06.2020 at art book shop San Serriffe, Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam.
‘Dear Clay,’ along with an exhibition of the same name expanding and activating the content of the publication within the space of the shop. Recorded letters, ceramic works, Dia Slide Projection and sketchbooks were put into a dialogue with texts by Zoë Dankert, Stéphanie Baechler, Jan Verwoert and Rudy Guedj. Due to safety measures 3 people were allowed in the space simultaneously.
Design of the book/editing: Rudy Guedj and Laura Pappa
Published by Building Fictions
Thanks to Stichting Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Pieter Verbeke
Photography by: Carmen Gray
Handle with care.
(But do handle.
Touch the surface,
feel its weight pressing into the skin of your hands,
listen to the little noises it makes when scratching it,
Traces are there to follow,
‘Dear Clay,’ gathers a selection of spreads extracted from Stéphanie Baechler’s meticulous sketchbooks displayed in chronological order (2013 – 2019), as well as 35mm photographs documenting her working process. Providing an intimate insight into her artistic practice, it reveals what facilitates the work from its conception to its making, transportation, and installation. Rather than presenting it as a final staged object, we see the work as something unpolished, unfinished, in flux.