I am mainly guided by the secret of the image, and perhaps less by a linear narrative or rationale.
Working predominately with mixed-media installations that combine drawing, painting, sculpture and print, the work emerges through a long process of condensation in search of pictorial incidents. The visual world, it seems to me, has foremost to do with reading distances and the crystallization of language—therefore my almost naïve attempt to hold and fortify the fragile conversational space between things. I am dealing with constellations and magnetic attractions. Precise notations help to arrange and structure modes of display, the floor often serving as both carrier and pathway. Each work is quietly aiming for preciousness, as tailor-made offerings they seem to navigate my linguistic inheritance. And there is of course looking, thinking and editing—vertically as well as horizontally.
Claudia Sarnthein is a German/Austrian artist, based in London. She studied Art History at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte/Universität Wien in Vienna and Design at the Hochschule HAW/College of Art&Design in Hamburg.
After working as a costume/textile designer in Hamburg and Paris for a number of years, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in Fine Art. She has exhibited internationally with solo and group shows at institutions including Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Blyth Gallery/Imperial College, London; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Welcome Screen/Michael Pybus, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Drawing Room HU, Budapest; BOX Produzentengalerie, Berlin and Jerwood Space, London.
Publications include Von Alters Her (2018), White Pages (2015), An Jacob (2007), Lache Nicht, Weine Nicht…(2007), Mutter Seelen Allein (2005), and On Fragments (2004).
Her work is held at the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection and the Royal College of Art Collection in London, as well as in private collections in the UK and Europe.