Isabell Bullerschen is interested in slimy organisms and the construction and blending of realities. Through installations and videos, she explores the potential that lies in the deconstruction and rewriting of narratives. She employs a meta-surgical method in which her work serves as a scalpel to dissect anthropocentrism. The binary narrow-mindedness of human relationships of all kinds are cut open and insides are turned out. The pseudo-reality created by language means a moment of shock for her, communication by means of language an illusion: construction through language leads to isolation. So she relies on the knowledge gained from sensory experience that she puts in contrast to the empirical or argumentative approach of the supposedly objective science and which is able to overcome the state of shock and isolation.
She studied Communication in Social and Economic Contexts at the Berlin University of the Arts, Photography & Video at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Aargauer Kunsthaus, the Kunsthalle Zürich, and the Helmhaus Zürich. She received the artist grant of the Aargauer Kuratorium 2015 and 2019. In 2021 and 2022 she was awarded the working grant Covid-19 of the City of Zurich, 2021 the artist grant by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the working grant of the Canton of Zurich and in 2022 the artist grant of the UBS Culture Foundation.
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