by Monika E. Auch
The work of Monika Auch (Rietveld Academy, textile design and autonomous screenprints on paper, diploma 2000) consists of constructing textiles like an architect by using materials, innovative techniques and haptic sensibility.
In the book '..hinter,..achter,..behind' these tactile qualities have been translated into another discipline.
The Dutch idiom 'to paste somebody behind the wallpaper' was the peg on which to hang an investigation into relations between language, image and tactility. The idiomatic saying literally means 'to put somebody out of sight temporarily'. In the Dutch language it is only being used for people who are in close relationships with the person uttering the words, i.e. family. The saying conveys meanings like: sticky, unpleasant to the touch or being stuck. In a figurative sense it points to emotions like irritation and invasion of one's territory. While the emotions belonging to the words are universal, the saying only exists in the Dutch language.
The theme has been visualized by screenprinting collages of images and fragments of letters on sixties' wallpaper. In collaboration with Svea Gustavs the screenprints have been reproduced as a book. The design of the book is a combination of high-tech and low-tech elements, i.e. the special, paper, a flexible form and handbinding. The offset reproductions on Chagall Insize paper with it's tactile qualities resemble the original screenprints in an optimal way. Cover and endpaper have been screenprinted by Monika and Svea on Transparance Obsession.
The edition is in German, Dutch and English.
Format: 22,5 cm x 22,5 cm, 36 pages, full colour reproductions
500 numbered and handsigned copies
ISBN 3-937938-04-4 (D)
ISBN 90-807472-3-8 (NL)
The 'Materiaalfonds voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving', Amsterdam has granted financial aid in realizing this project.