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 Claudia Comte finds her inspiration in nature, architecture and popular culture, her extensive travels providing her with a culturally diverse outlook on all these subjects that she communicates through her anthropomorphic sculptures. The chainsaw being her tool of choice, Comte vigorously commences the sculpting process, yet delicately finishes by carefully smoothing each work into a haptic form resembling a mix between cartoons and a work by Brancusi. Site-specificity being of great importance to Comte, she creates environments where wall paintings highlight her sculptural work. Not limiting herself to one specific medium, she combines paintings, sculpture and video to create an all-­encompassing experience in which to discover her work.Caroline Lommaert

Claudia Comte

Schweizer Kunstpreise

links: Sharp Sharp II, or the Unexpected Blackanese Wall painting acrylic, chainsaw sculptures yellow wood, burned wood grid chainsaw, 2014
rechts: Sharp Sharp II, or the Unexpected Blackanese Wall painting acrylic, chainsaw sculptures yellow wood, burned wood grid chainsaw, 2014

Describe your work in five words.
Cut, burnt, painted, chopped, shot.

Why did you apply and what will you do if you win the Schweizer Kunstpreis?

It became a tradition that I apply to the Schweizer Kunstpreis, and if I would win, I will go on a horse-riding trip through Kirghistan. Also I would be able to rent a larger studio in Berlin for my work, which would be great.

What is your favourite work of art?
Apollo and Daphne, made from one block of marble by Bernini. When you knock on the sculpture, the leaves of marble are shaking, its so fine and amazing. Unfortunately you are not allowed to do so at the Villa Borghese. 

Where do you come from, where are you now, where are you going?
I come from a tiny village in the Canton of Vaud, where my dad was Sheriff for 16 years. I'm currently hunting on a Safari in South Africa and I will be going to wherever new wild frontiers are presented to me in the future.

1983 Née à Grancy. Vit et travaille à Berlin·2003-2007 Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, ECAL, Lausanne, BA Visual Arts·2008-2010 Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Master of Art in Science of Education

Expositions individuelles:
2012 From Zanzibar to Acapulco, SALTS, Basel·2013 Summer Villa Extension, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris·2013 If I were a rabbit, where would I keep my gloves?, BolteLang, Zürich·2013 Claudia Comte & Omar Ba, Centre Pasqu'art, Biel·2014 Sharp Sharp, David Dale Gallery (during Glasgow International), Glasgow, UK

Expositions collectives:
2012 La jeunesse est un art, Kunsthaus Aarau, Aarau (Kat.)·2012 Under 30, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus (Kat.)·2013 Mixed Message Media, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY·2013 Châteaux Secrets, Fondation Ricard, Iles des Embiez·2013 Post-Mortem, Forde, Genf·2014 Elevation 1049, Gstaad aussenraum, Gstaad·2014 Bex & Arts, Le parc de Szilassy, Bex (Cat.)

2012 Kiefer Hablitzel Award·2012 Mobiliar Award, Mobiliar


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