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Animanimusmundus Sculpture

Claudia von BOCH


Sculpture, Ceramic on Ceramic

Size: 55.1 W x 86.6 H x 55.1 D in

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By recuperating clays, engobes and glazes I reproduce the geological strata found in mountains, rocks and minerals. These are transformed by the action of time, erosion, pressure and heat. This source of inspiration is found in my sculptures, which themselves become geological frescoes, reproductions of a time shortened compared to that of nature, and where the chance of firing provokes fusions, deformations, colours, flows and fissures. Man finds his place there, because without the Earth he would not exist... but then, what would the Earth be if Man was not there to imagine it, understand it and shape it? My sculptures are witnesses of this association. Like a skin, the strata preserve within them the stages of life and time. The human being is like that...each layer is added to an older one...each one will have an impact on the being and is part of a whole that is delicately and intimately linked to the earthly world, to Gaia's world. In this project 68 ceramic blocks are stacked to create a human-sized space, with an inside and an outside. Inside, humans are represented by faces...all the same but all with small differences in a "melting pot" of humanity always in relation to the Earth which, on the outside, is represented by the strata and which acts as a container. Every day our Earth pushes us towards a common destiny, a common society, but even if this "melting pot" is a necessary good we do not always recognise it!

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:55.1 W x 86.6 H x 55.1 D in

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Born in Canada in 1957, I grew up in Argentina. As far as I can remember, I have always been making things with my hands. Combined with the fact that my family has been in industrial ceramics (Villeroy&Boch) since eight generations, falling into clay at the age of 10 can be considered a natural choice of media. First as a hobby, and later as autodidact, I followed ceramic courses, learning technology and wheel throwing. In 1990 I moved to Switzerland and became a professional ceramicist after 5 years of ceramic art school. For 25 years I divided my time between teaching ceramics and exhibiting my sculptures in Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Croatia and Canada. In 2017 I moved my studio to the Piemonte in Northern Italy where I spend a good part of the year. The geological construction of mountains and rocks contain the story of our terrestrial world. They are transformed through time, erosion, pressure and heat. Inspired by this process, I make my own clay by accumulating and layering different clays, porcelains, stonewares, coloured engobes and glazes. My sculptures become mini geological frescoes reproducing in a shortened time the same processes of fusion, colouring, deformation, cracking and melting. The strata are like a skin where layer upon layer the stages of time and life are conserved. They form a whole that reflects my concern to place man in context with the geological world in an inseparable and fragile equilibrium.

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