In her second solo exhibition at annex 14, Irene Schubiger (*1948, CH) is showing a new ensemble of sculptures, objects and drawings. The works play with the notion of human presence, often pointing to an extended, even homely surrounding, yet eschewing every unequivocal interpretation due to their symbolic aspect.
The objects and sculptures are always reminiscent of things or of human bodies, albeit with a shift in scale. They mostly originate in a mood, an intuition, that wishes to be visualised. The artist draws on memories of contradictory childhood experiences which she further develops in drawn scenarios, up to and including three-dimensional renderings.
But in each case, and this is what has characterised Irene Schubiger’s works to this very day, the search for a form goes hand in hand with a theme-oriented, playful-experimental handling of the most varied of materials. For example, she covers the compact volumes formed out of plaster, sagex, papier maché, wood and wire with a shiny rubbery skin of coloured silicon, with the result that the constructed forms are again obscured.
Some works are often united at a later point into staged groups that give rise to a dense mesh of memories and premonitions. The artist thus stakes out small anxiety- and pleasure-inspiring territories which can equally serve as projection planes for our own inner images and moods.