Claudia Terstappen, Arnsberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen - Germany, 1959.
She studied art in Dusseldorf, lived between Dusseldorf, London, New York and Barcelona until 2004 that moved to Melbourne-Australia. Her work focuses on the relationship of art with ethnography, superstitions, magic and religions. Her works are characterized by being activators of the tensions generated by the interpenetration of different concepts of human behavior with the world and nature. The contrast, life and death, the transformation present in elements charged with symbolism are captured by the special ability of Terstappen to capture the magical instant of becoming and natural or imposed destiny. The work of this world-renowned artist offers us a mirror of our own emotions that is drawn with the light and nuances of telluric forces in constant motion. Claudia Terstappen presents her own order in the course of events that opens a new access to things through an idiosyncratic connection with different visions of the order of science, religion and myth, from which establishes new links of relationship. The art, Claudia Terstappen understands, is one of the few areas in which one can be skeptical. The understanding the limitations of language encourages her to search for new ways of going further, discarding conventional hierarchies to counteract cultural imperialism. Her photographs are situated between the world of science, religion and myth. Terstappen knows how to use the medium in all its ambiguity and its paradoxical intermediate situation when she raises her unique fields of memory. In her travels around the world, the artist has portrayed different ways of believing and acting. Her altars portrayed are successes that places a network of beliefs in the plane of skepticism. Thus, with apparent innocence she sows a radical and skeptical doubt. Her landscapes are the living dialectic between the grandiose, the magical and the ideal of transcendence of the human being. Her work has been awarded with various prizes and scholarships of interest, among them the Ida Gerhardi Prize (Germany, 1990) or the Bronze Prize of the Osaka Sculpture Triennale (Japan, 1998). She has presented her work in numerous exhibitions in Germany, United Kingdom, United States, France, Japan, Australia and Barcelona. She has also participated in the Festival Arts Penedès (2000), Huesca Imagen Festival (2001) and Barcelona Art Report (2001). Her work is held in the best collections of Australia, Japan, Spain, Germany, France and the United States.