Claudia Comte

The Sea of Darkness

Claudia Comte (1983, Grancy, Switzerland) has long since developed from a shooting star of the Swiss art scene into an internationally sought-after artist. Claudia Comte complements the transgression and combination of different techniques and disciplines by juxtaposing materials such as wood and marble, which she works in the traditional manner of sculpture, with industrially produced elements. 

In the Kunstraum Dornbirn, Comte has created an environmental installation that immerses us in an artificial underwater landscape littered with ennoble marble debris. Suspended above an arrangement of 40 intricately rendered marble can sculptures hangs a gigantic text fragment by American marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson. Taking the form of wave movements, the text becomes primary material for Comte’s geometrical iconography, which is always grounded in the natural world. In The Sea of Darkness language distorts into slippery image.

The Kunstraum Dornbirn will be closed from 06.12.2020.
Due to the current circumstances in connection with the COVID-19 virus, Kunstraum Dornbirn will be closed to visitors until initially 06.12.2020. Nevertheless, the preparations for Claudia Comte’s exhibition are continuing, so that we will reopen the Kunstraum Dornbirn at the earliest possible date.

With friendly support
City of Dornbirn, Province of Vorarlberg, Republic of Austria and Pro Helvetia
Dornbirner Sparkasse Bank AG


Press Images

Claudia Comte, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Installation view König Galerie, Berlin, 2018 Photo: Roman März
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Claudia Comte, Black and White Circles in the Sky, Münsterhof Zürich, 2017 Photo: Gunnar Meier
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Claudia Comte, The Can, 2018 (Bardaglio Marmor, 37x25.5x20 cm) Photo: Roman März
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Claudia Comte, Curves and Zig Zags, 2017 Installation view, Palm Springs, California
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Claudia Comte, How to Grow and Still Stay the Same Shape, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, 2019 Photo: Roman März
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