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Patricia Bucher holds degrees in fine arts from Zurich School of Art and Design (today’s Zurich University of the Arts) and the School of Visual Arts New York City. She has been working as a professional artist since 2001 and earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Basel in 2020. In recent years, Patricia has created an extensive body of work that explores fundamental semiological questions. She works with different materials and techniques such as installation, architecture, object, collage, painting, drawing or texts. Patricia’s work explores the definition, legibility and constructedness of signs and forms rooted in our collective memory. Her visual language refers to writing systems, pictograms and symbols ranging from hieroglyphics to video games.


Patricia Bucher’s Cahier, entitled “How birds can keep you from marrying the wrong person”, presents her unique visual language. The book showcases her sculptures, which consist of simple, mostly orthogonal contours and sometimes contain an oblique at a 45-degree angle. Her chosen proportions provoke, breaking accepted architectural norms and taking them ad absurdum. The publication plays with the disrupted perception of proportions in her work. It consists of three parts: Part I presents the sculptures that Patricia Bucher has shown at exhibits in recent years. Part II includes a text by Claudius Fruehauf, the index and the imprint. Part III is dedicated to Patricia Bucher’s drawings.


The publication “How birds can keep you from marrying the wrong person” offers a fascinating glimpse into Bucher’s works, inviting readers to grapple with the unconventional dimensions of her sculptures and drawings.

Claudius Fruehauf (Lausanne) wrote the text for Patricia Bucher’s Cahier. He holds a degree in Architecture from ETH Zurich (2007). In 2008, he founded the architectural firm FHV Architekten – FRUEHAUF, HENRY & VILADOMS – in Lausanne. Previously, he worked as an assistant scenographer for Herzog & de Meuron in 2005–2006 and 2009–2010. In 2008, he worked as an architect for architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron in Basel.



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Patricia Bucher


Samuel Bänziger
Michel Egger

Rosario Florio

Larissa Kasper


260 × 360 mm
64 pages

LanguageGerman / English