Caroline Bachmann

Born in 1963 in Lausanne (Switzerland), she lives and works in Geneva (Switzerland)

Grand nuage jaune et gris, 2023
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 x 2.20 cm – Kunsthaus Zurich Collection

Grands nuages oranges reflet, 2022
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 x 2.20 cm

Rayon nuage gris, 2023
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 x 2.20 cm

Courtesy of the artist & galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich

From her window, often in times when the light is less determined and more changeable at sunrise or sunset, Caroline Bachmann observes the Lake Geneva. Her sketchbooks are filled with drawings more than with notes: she records the minute variations in her environment and what it causes in her, paying attention to the time that goes by. Her work is meticulous. It translates lines and colors, lists winds and temperatures, transcribes light, the shape of clouds, water textures, and effects of reflections. She draws diagrams and symbolic formulas worthy of a semiotic essay or a mathematics notebook. The variations are incessant so that the same window also offers infinite possibilities. Caroline Bachmann develops new techniques with ease, playing with layers and transparency, aiming to transcribe almost invisible mutations. For the artist, it is a case of questioning the forms of repetition and series, of bringing the vision back to its conceptual expression, an allegory of a mental landscape where the apparent symbolism refers to a form of spirituality. 

From recurring elements—water and sky, sun, moon and clouds—the artist paints several canvases at the same time, both connected and different, offering a panel of emotions, sensations related to the atmosphere, poetry, to that interiority that its exteriors reveal. If symbolism seems to dominate the paintings at first glance, Caroline Bachmann’s research is much more personal and intimate: the rhythm of her lines and the utilization of the colors create a synthetic effect of veduta. These views have a frame, painted on canvas, sometimes barely visible, others very present, tirelessly changing shape and color, a kind of porthole that, instead of enclosing, opens a window to the soul.

Caroline Bachmann, Double arc-en-ciel flottant, 2021 Oil on canvas 40 x 30 x 1,5 cm – Photo © Gregor Staiger Courtesy the artist & Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich