Erica Pedretti is an exceptional phenomenon in Swiss art and literature. Alongside her successes as a writer, she has created an independent oeuvre as a visual artist, which can be rediscovered today. Erica Pedretti was born 1930 in Sternberg. She moved to Switzerland in 1946. In Zürich she trained as a silversmith and created her first early small-size works, which anticipate her light and airy objects of later years. Erica Pedretti moved into the limelight as a visual artist for the first time in the 1970s with her “Flügelwesen” (winged creatures) and from these developed a large family of associative bird- or fish-like objects. These she juxtaposed with skeletal structures that seem to be reduced to an elemental core. Parallel to these an extremely fine oeuvre of drawings emerges, which emphasises the intimate character of this work and reveals individual visual worlds.
For the presentation at the Art Museum Graubünden the artist Katalin Deér and the architect Lukas Furrer could be won over. They have built their own structure into the exhibition space and have thus created a specific frame and special choreography for the fragile works. This publication is dedicated to the idiosyncratic presentation of the works and reveals the contemporaneity of the 90-year-old artist.