30 MAY – 13 JUNE 2018
FRUITS AND BODIES was a site-specific installation and performance by Swiss artist Claudia Comte, winner of the Alexander Clavel Foundation Prize 2018. A series of seven marble sculptures of enlarged fruits suspended in four-post cages can be viewed in the round, all within the surroundings of the Villa’s garden. While marble signifies antiquity and stability, the condition of the depicted fruit or body is often allegorical, both are perishable and ephemeral.Seven Sculptures
White Carrara marble, Matraea stone
from sculpture: 42 x 22.5 x 22 cm / 161 1/2 x 9 x 8 2/3 in
plinth: 120 x 19 x 19 cm / 47 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in
to sculpture: 84 x 51.6 x 39.7 cm / 33 x 20 1/3 x 15 2/3 in
plinth: 120 x 31.5 x 35 cm / 47 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 13 3/4 in

© Images Diana Pfammatter



Claudia Comte (b. 1983 in Grancy, Switzerland) is an artist based in the countryside outside of Basel, Switzerland. She studied at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL (2004-2007) followed by a Masters of Art in Science of Education at Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2008-2010). 

Comte works between media, often combining sculptures or installations 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 d...
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