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
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
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, graphic designer, 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
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
Price: 28,- euro pp
ISBN 978-3-937938-04-2 (D)
ISBN 978-90-807472-3-4 (NL)
weiw publishers Stralsund/Amsterdam
The 'Materiaalfonds voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving', Amsterdam has
granted financial aid in realizing this project.