16. Apr. 2014 – 30. May. 2014

Andrea Heller

Andrea Heller, Installation View, SCHEUBLEIN+BAK, 2014


"Die Meise benutzt die Haare des Mädchens, um damit ihr Nest zu polstern"

A child carries a bird’s nest in his hands whose inside is bolstered with hair. The sensitivity applied to build the nest is quite remarkable. It is not just a simple nest but a cosy villa for the offspring. Whether “prestige” respectively “status” - as for humans - were a major impetus cannot be answered easily.

At the time when the Hürlimann-Villa was built in 1897/1898, status as well as “building a nest” most likely had been important incentives for the builder and the architect. Pomp, style and size of the villa still remind us of the time of creation; the portraits of all six children of the family have been immortalized at the façade of the house. Private life was covered in a prestigious package just like personal thoughts are visualized in an artwork.

In her first solo exhibition at SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, Andrea Heller presents a new body of work, including watercolour and ink drawings on paper, objects made out of different materials (amongst others mouth blown glass) and text pieces.

These text works derive from the artist’s own collection of citations (private text messages, newspaper, internet) as for example the title of this exhibition. The citations do not reveal their sources and therefore leave behind their original context. Thereby they are becoming general statements and are reflecting our complex ever changing private everyday life - between virtuality and reality, respectively public and private.

Andrea Heller (*1975) studied Fine Arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg as well as at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich. Between 2004 and 2006 she had been awarded with a studio scholarship at the Stiftung Binz 39 as well as a studio by the city of Zurich in the Cité des Arts in Paris. In 2011 she was invited for a solo exhibition at the Helmhaus Zurich, which was accompanied by her first monograph “Die Wurzeln sind die Bäume der Kartoffeln” (ed. Patrick Frey). The artist lives and works in Paris and Zurich.