In nature nothing exists alone - Claudia Comte

Claudia Comte In Nature Nothing Exists Alone

site specific installation
16 July 2022 – 19 November 2023

Hypermaremma is pleased to present, in collaboration with CURA., IN NATURE NOTHING EXISTS ALONE, Claudia Comte’s latest environmental work, which,  spanning over one hundred meters in length, represents her most extended site-specific installation of this body of work yet. Entirely composed of pine trunks from Monte Amiata – following to the selective thinning cycle that allows for the controlled regeneration of forests – Comte employs a natural material to articulate a message emphasising the origins of the territory, and borrows a phrase from the American biologist and scientist Rachel Carson. In her 1962 essay “Silent Spring”, Carson anticipated fundamental environmental issues such as the impact of man’s actions on nature, and in particular the effects of the indiscriminate use of DDT and pesticides.


With such an intervention, Claudia Comte’s work aims to encourage the viewer to activate a reflection on man’s relationship with nature and the life cycle of the planet, according to which everything is connected in a perfect balance.


This piece is among the most impressive environmental installations that the artist creates to examine issues dear to her such as climate change, ecology and global pollution, starting precisely from the observation of the rules of nature and its mutability.


Born and raised in a small village in the Swiss countryside nearby from Lausanne, the artist often incorporates a strong autobiographical component into many of her works. Surrounded and inspired by ancient trees, non-anthropocentric data and biomorphic forms, her childhood memories belong to the forest, constituting one of the very first elements influencing the translation of the landscape in her creations. Her practice is guided by this longstanding interest in teasing out the history and memory of biomorphic forms through traditional hand processes and industrial and machine technologies. Playfully inspired by organic patterns and morphology, her site-specific installations testify to the intelligence and transformative capacities of the ecological world.



Claudia Comte was born in Grancy, Switzerland, in 1983. She works with different media, often combining sculptures or installations – her main body of work – with wall paintings, videos, and performances, thus creating environments where works relate to each other with a visual rhythm that is both methodical and playful. Elements such as forests, video games, comic books and sci-fi films have contributed to the creation of a language filled with real and imaginary references. Her work is defined by her interest in the memory of materials and a careful observation of the relationship between humans and technology.


A selection of her solo shows includes An Impending Disaster (HAHAHA), König Galerie im KHK, Vienna (2022), The Interview Painting Ensemble (mis en scène in 12 Acts), Art Basel Parcours, StadtCasino, Basel (2021), Claudia Comte. After Nature, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2021), Jungle and Corals, König Galerie Chapel, Berlin (2021), Claudia Comte. The Sea of Darkness, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn (2020), Claudia Comte. How to Grow and Still Stay the Same Shape, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2019), I Have Grown Taller from Standing with Trees, Copenhagen Contemporary (2019), Claudia Comte: The Morphing Scallops, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2019), Bunnies and ZigZag, Galerie Joy de Rouvre, Geneva (2019), Fruits and Jungle, König London (2019), The Cavern of Lost Dreams (nine characters), Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2019), When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, König Galerie, Berlin (2018), The Primary Fondue Party, Salon Suisse: ATARAXIA, Venice Biennal (2017), La Ligne Claire, Basement Roma, Rome (2017). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including OMNIBUS – 10 Years of Kinderhook & Caracas, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin (2022), Le voci della sera, Vistamare, Milan (2022), Geometrische Opulenz, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2022), Desert X AlUla, Desert Biennale, Saudi Arabia (2022), Solo Houses, Galería Albarrán Bourdais, Madrid (2021), GROUP SHOW 2021, Galerie Joy de Rouvre, Geneva (2021), The Dreamers, 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennial (2021), More, More, More, TANK Museum, Shanghai (2020), Country Salts: This Morning, in the Sweet Torpor of the Great Forest, is Like Every Morning in the World, SALTS, Benwill (2020), Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2020), Figures on a Ground: Perspectives on Minimal Art, CAB Foundation, Brussels (2020).

Comte was the winner of the Swiss Art Award in 2014 and the Kiefer Hablitzel Award in 2012.


CURA. for Hypermaremma

curators: Ilaria Marotta / Andrea Baccin


Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin are founding directors and editors-in-chief of the international magazine CURA. editorial and curatorial platform founded in 2009. They’re also founders and curators of the independent non-profit spaces BASEMENT ROMA and KURA. Milan. They curated over fifty exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the 58th October Salon / Belgrade Biennale 2021 / The Dreamers.




Patronage: Comune di Capalbio

In collaboration with: Istituto Svizzero, Touring Club Italiano and RAI Toscana

Thanks to: Fattoria Stendardi, Giorgio Stefanelli




‘In Nature Nothing Exists Alone’ is supported by Regione Toscana as the winner project of the open call Toscana in contemporanea 2022





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