‘Vertical II’ was exhibited in Claudia Terstappen’s 2019 solo show ‘form and memory‘ at Dominik Mersch Gallery. This ceramic sculpture reflects on how we navigate entwined memories of the natural and architectural worlds. Across her practice, photographic works that retain the discerning documentary style of her teachers Bernd and Hilla Becher exist in dialogue with these loose, imaginative ceramics. Through this, she is constantly reinventing familiar shapes, patterns and colours across mediums.
“[In] my work I react to specific aspects of my surroundings as found in architecture, or the natural environment. There are often particular shapes, colour combinations or compositions that stay with me, and that later get translated or incorporated into my sculptures. This happens quite freely. I isolate these phenomena, often enlarge them, concentrating on particular aspects as a response to what I’ve seen, like articulating memory. Set between the visible and the imaginary, the works create tensions between organisms and abstract forms, remaining open to an infinite net of relationships between culture and nature.”
Claudia Terstappen studied sculpture and photography at the Art Academy Düsseldorf in Germany and now lives between Barcelona and Melbourne. She has exhibited individually in diverse cities of Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia, and her work join such collections as Museum Houston in Texas, Fundación Rafael Tous in Barcelona, Osaka Prefectual Government in Japan, Warrnambool Art Gallery in Australia and Museum DKM in Duisburg, Germany. She has received many awards and prizes, including the Bronze Prize for Sculpture at the Triennale of Sculpture in Osaka, Japan, an open-air sculpture award at Landesgartenschau Hamm, Germany, and a University Fellowship in Hong Kong at the Baptist University, where she refined her ceramics techniques with porcelain masters. Claudia Terstappen lives and works between Barcelona and Melbourne.