Claudia Comte In Nature Nothing Exists Alone

site specific installation
16 July – 30 September 2022

Starting from natural observation and its mutability, Claudia Comte creates impressive environmental installations that explore issues dear to her, such as climate change, ecology, and global pollution. Through her work, the artist talks about material memory and the wise art of craftsmanship. Born and raised in Grancy, a small village located at the foot of Mont Tendre, the artist brings a strong autobiographical component to all her works: the element of the forest belongs to the artist’s and her childhood memories – the very first elements capable of influencing the translation of the landscape in her creations.

 

For Hypermaremma, Comte imagined a new artwork 105 metres long and 5 metres high that, placed in a wheat field right next to Pescia Fiorentina, would tell the agricultural origins of the area, highlighting them by quoting a sentence from the author Rachel Carson, dedicated to human intervention in nature. Indeed, the work is entirely composed of pine trunks from Monte Amiata that were supposed to be employed in building construction. With this new piece. Comte employs a natural material to articulate a message in nature itself.

 

Claudia Comte (1983, Grancy, Switzerland) works between media, often combining sculptures or installation with wall paintings to create environments where works relate to each other with a visual rhythm that is both methodical and playful. Her work is defined by her interest in the memory of materials and by a careful observation of how the hand relates to different technologies. In the last years, she has been invested in understanding the relationships between different forms of life. Materials do not only have a memory, but they also possess a knowledge about the environments they belong to. Marble entails the ocean, and life under water is crystallized and it would be inaccurate to see this material as hard, since it is liquid at its core. Wood „remembers“ the climate conditions of the planet and the forest that embodies the thousands of symbiotic processes that allow air, energy, breathing, growing, food, shelter. Claudia Comte’s work opens our view to environment, oxygen, the way the conditions of our planet modify the materials.

 

Claudia Comte has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions including The Dreamers, 58th October Salon – Belgrade Biennale (SB), After Nature, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2021), Jungle and Corals, König Galerie, Berlin (2021), The Sea of Darkness, Kunstraum Dornbirn (2020); How to Grow and Still Stay the Same Shape, Castello di Rivoli (2019), Fruits and Jungle, König Galerie, London (2019), I have Grown Taller from Standing with Trees, Copenhagen Contemporary (2019), The Morphing Scallops, Gladstone Gallery, 24th St, New York City (2019), Zigzags and Diagonals, MOCA Cleveland (2018), Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel (2018), KölnSkulpture #9, Köln (2017), La Ligne Claire, Basement Roma (2017), NOW I WON, Messeplatz, Art Basel (2017), 10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017), Desert X, Palm Springs, Catch The Tail By The Tiger, König Galerie, Berlin (2016), The Language of Things, with the Public Art Fund, New York (2016), NO MELON NO LEMON, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2015), Easy Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014), Sharp Sharp at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2014), If I were a rabbit, where would I keep my gloves?, BolteLang (2013) and Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2013).

 

Comte was awarded the Swiss Art Award in 2014 and with the Kiefer Hablitzel Award in 2012.

 

‘In nature nothing exists alone’ is a project curated by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin

 

Realized with the support of of Fattoria Stendardi and Giorgio Stefanelli