One of Claudia Terstappen’s latest works ‘Large Orange’ navigates between natural and cultural forms that interest her. These works can be perceived as both isolations and enlargements of particular appearances. Set between the visible and the imaginary, they create certain tensions between organisms and abstract or architectural structures, remaining open to an infinite net of interpretations. Perhaps these interweaving orange waves evoke flame and arousal, the coagulating intensity of desire, the saffron maturation of harvest coming to fruition and producing its seed.
Claudia Terstappen studied German Literature and Philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University and Sculpture and Photography at the Art Academy in Duesseldorf, Germany and is now a practicing artist of more than 20 years standing with an impressive string of international exhibitions, awards and publications to her name. She has lived and worked in Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Hong Kong and the US. Her artistic work focuses on the interrelationship between religion, superstition and science in relation to place, culture and time. The values associated with nature, particularly of indigenous cultures, have made her reflect on and explore the dependency between the human race and the natural world, creating bodies of work that explore environmental changes, inevitably leading to destruction.