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Anna-Maria Bauer: Geometric Poetry from the Turtle Shell
by Kathrin Frauenfelder

In 1979 Swiss artist Anna-Maria Bauer found the weathered shell of a turtle on the shore of the Walensee (Lake of Walenstadt). Fascinated by the beauty of the shell’s structure, she decided to follow the example of its natural order in her sculptural works. Since then, a combination of analytical research and artistic re-envisioning inspired by many different shells has lead to a continuing body of work focused on the clarity of geometric abstraction. Since Bauer is open to using a variety of materials, including steel, brass, copper, stone, and wood, her sculptures present subtle differences of surface and engage in poetic dialogues with their surroundings.

Anna-Maria Bauer, Intervall, 2000-02, Plastered and painted laser-cut steel,
4.9 x 4 x 3.4 meters. Work installed at teh Zurich airport.

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