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Selina Baumann is known for her biomorphic, organic ceramic sculptures. Some are reminiscent of jellyfish, bacteria or alien creatures. Others are columnar and over two meters tall, surrounded by bulging weaves. For Selina Baumann, her sculptures are, as she calls them, “mystical creatures”. Although they are made of hard and heavy ceramic, the sculptures seem to be in constant change, they are characterized by the imperfection. They are crooked and appear unstable, almost as if they were unfinished. Selina Baumann herself says: 


“I don’t want to create anything pretty. The viewer should be bothered by my sculptures and should feel the need to touch the sculptures and straighten them out.”


This literal understanding of their essence allows the viewer a haptic experience: Is the surface porous and rough or smooth and cool? And what does this touch do to you? Selina Baumann herself takes a very physical approach to the manufacturing process. She perceives the powerful processing of the soft clay with her hands as a dialogue with a friend. Sometimes their hands form, sometimes the sound determines the form. Under Selina Baumann's hands, the material made of earth develops a life of its own, the being urges to take shape.

Selina Baumann, 21variete, galerie probst
Selina Baumann, ceramic sculptures, galerie probst
Selina Baumann, ceramic sculptures, galerie probst
Selina Baumann, ceramic sculptures, galerie probst
Selina Baumann, Erde, galerie probst, 2023

Exhibition Earth 2023, gallery probst

Selina Baumann loves to experiment with different materials. The latest works are primeval plants drawn on ceramic plates and textiles. The former are made of white clay and are only slightly larger than a sheet of DinA4. The heavy, hard plate and the filigree, floating growth on it create a noticeable tension. She also plays with the sensual perception of the material in her fabric pictures. The fabric radiates something light, Soft, but is quite heavy due to the size (180 x 100 cm). 

Depending on the incidence of light, the quilted floral pattern on the olive-green fabric stands out in relief – like fossil tracks on the forest floor. In this respect, all of her works have something to do with the subject of earth and thus with life, because new life grows from earth – in any form. 

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