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.
In the last years, Claudia Comte has been invested in understanding - through her work - 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.
Comte 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. There is the suggestion of a hidden system or sequence at work that determines the relationship of individual works to others as well as the imagery of indi- vidual elements (the spacing between lines in wall-paintings for example).
For Comte, the potentiality within a line made or drawn by human hand is an area of reflection, from the layering of paint through to the way that the marble sculptures eventually have every trace of the hand and machine erased. There is a play between the specificity of a line within an individual work and the totality of an environment where works combine together and play off each other to form a greater whole.
Comte 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). Her body of work is best known for her site-specific installations. The artist's practice is guided by a distinct rule-measurement system of her own creation, wherein each artwork specifically relates to one another. Comte's minimalist approach to art making is equal parts methodical and dynamic; works are infused with a distinct sense of playfulness. Her artistic output incorporates a diverse range of mediums from sculpture, to painting, to various multimedia installations.