Monika Auch

is a visual artist with a background in medicine.
For Auch, the worlds of art and medicine are intextricably bound together with both professions requiring the same core skills: a knack of understanding humans and their environment, scientific curiosity, heightened haptic senses and well-developed spatial orientation.
She studied textiles at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and with Bauhaus weaver descendant Margot Rolf (1). 

“Weaving has an intellectual and a manual side. I love to experiment with materials and innovative technology on a computerized loom. My hands are the intelligent connection between machine, material knowledge and imagination.”

Auch has worked at the Textile Museum Tilburg on computerized Dornier looms, yet her fascination and expertise lie in handweaving on a digitalized loom: ‘It gives me freedom to experiment with exceptional, smart materials and 3D forms.’

Her practice-based research focusses on the "intelligence of the hand" . As editor and writer she concentrates on technical and material aspects of making through interviews with artists, designers and experts in art-history.
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As a hybrid of science and art Auch makes no distinction between the various forms of her creative expression, intellectual or visual. Her work is based on this unlikely pairing of interests: 'I do not think that art, intuition and science are separate ways of thinking. After so many years of studio practice, a symbiosis between scientific and art skills has grown.' 

1 In 1923 the Dessau Bauhaus closed it’s doors under threat of the Nazi fascist movement. Bauhaus weavers emigrated to the USA and The Netherlands. Kitty van der Mijl Dekker taught weaving at the Amsterdam ‘Instituut van Kunst Nijverheid Onderwijs’, which later became the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Honoring this legacy, Weeflab wants to profile and develop weaving.
photo credits Ray Edgar