The artist Andrea Muheim (1968–2023) is known as a painter of intimate portraits and private spaces, of still lifes, and also of landscapes and cityscapes. Her fundamental and recurrent interest, however, was focused on the human body—whether as a portrait, a nude or, as recently, in motion. She used the medium to conduct an ongoing inventory of her immediate day-to-day surroundings and to create atmospherically charged pictorial spaces. The relationship between color, form, structure, and light is thereby repeatedly and freshly explored. A particular characteristic of her painterly practice was the serial production of one and the same theme or subject as a concentrated investigation of issues involving visual aesthetics. Nearly 800 works have been assembled in chronological sequence into clear, concentrated tableaus; they turn this artist’s book into a veritable pictorial diary extending over the thirty years of Andrea Muheim’s creative production.
Malerei als Selbstgespräch was the last book Andrea Muheim worked on herself and was awarded as one of the most beautiful books of Switzerland.