Jérôme (marble cactus), 2023
Pink Portuguese marble
166 × 67 × 26 cm
|Estimate:||$90,000 - $120,000|
Copyright: Claudia Comte
Courtesy: Claudia Comte
Provenance: Donated by the artist
Swiss artist Claudia Comte (born 1983, Lausanne) is known for her sculptural installations in wood, marble and bronze and for her large-scale murals with geometric patterns and colour blocks. Comte studied at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, graduating in 2007 with a BA in Fine Arts and a Master of Art in Science of Education in 2010 from the HEP Visual Arts in Lausanne.
In the course of her studies, she developed the preference for geometric shapes and patterns that is still reflected in her work today. She has won many prizes for her work, including the Swiss Art Award and the Alexander Clavel Foundation's prize. Her works have already been shown in numerous museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin and the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Her installation Waves, Cacti and Sunsets is currently presented as a Public Art Project on the facade of the Globus department store in Basel.
Claudia Comte created her first cactus sculpture with the aid of a chainsaw while still a student. She has always been fascinated by the dystopian nature of cacti and sees them as an aesthetic warning symbol for an environment that has become too hot for humans.