Claudia Comte

Claudia Comte was born in 1983 in Grancy, Switzerland. She lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.

She works in site-specific installations, painting and sculpture, and her practice is guided by her interest in unraveling the history and memory of biomorphic forms through traditional manual processes and industrial and mechanical technologies. At the core of Comte’s installations are monumental wall paintings and serial sculptures inspired by organic and morphological patterns such as waves, sonar, cacti and rock strata, which are playfully recomposed into fluid and immersive environments. Drawing on the powers of communication, cognition and symbiosis between animal and plant life, Comte’s dynamic, shifting objects are a testament to the intelligence and transformative capacity of the ecological world.

Her work has been widely presented in solo and group exhibitions, such as From Where We Rise at the Casa Wabi Foundation (2023), Desert Flood at Lago Algo (2023), Geometric Opulence, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2022), An Impending Disaster (HAHAHA), Galerie König im Kleines Haus der Kunst, Vienna (2022), Desert X AlUla, Saudi Arabia (2022), Tree Line Curve, Rolex Learning Center, EPFL Lausanne (2021), The Dreamers, 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennale (2021), 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), I have Grown Taller from Standing with Trees, Copenhagen Contemporary (2019), Zigzags and Diagonals, MOCA Cleveland (2018), Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel (2018), KölnSkulptur #9, SkulpturenPark Köln (2017), NOW I WON, Messeplatz, Art Basel (2017), 10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017), The Language of Things, with the Public Art Fund, New York (2016) and Heavy III, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014). 

Passionate about using art as a tool to connect marine conservation, policy change and climate education, she has collaborated with several organizations on projects, including a residency and underwater commission developed with TB21-Academy in 2019 to raise awareness of coral health around the Alligator Head Foundation in Jamaica.

Available artwork

© Albarrán Bourdais,
The Big Ceramic Elkhorn Coral (six branches), 2022

Ceramic, glazed

136 x 86 x 29 cm

Unique piece

© Albarrán Bourdais,
Turn and Slip 180, yellow, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
Ø 180 cm
Unique piece
© Albarrán Bourdais,
Marble starfish (white), 2017
Arabescato marble
13 x 45 x 45 cm
Unique piece
Marble Fire Coral (five fingers), 2022
Carrara white marble
70 x 87 x 31 cm.
27 1/2 x 34 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.
Unique piece
Screenshot 2024-04-19 at 18.02.05,
Drought devastated Corn Crops in Navasota in Texas (hahaha painting), 2023
Direct digital print and acrylic on canvas
122 x 81.5 x 4.5 cm
Unique piece
Screenshot 2024-04-19 at 18.03.39,
The Big Marble Leaves IV, 2023
Carrara white marble
146 x 195 x 37 cm
57 1/2 x 76 3/4 x 14 1/2 cm
Unique piece
Screenshot 2024-04-19 at 18.04.27,
Daniel (wooden cactus), 2023
68.5 x 39.5 x 12 cm.
27 x 15 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.
Unique piece