Technique : Sculpture
Claire Fontana was born in Strasbourg (France) in 1972. She studied both sculpture and painting at the Arts Décoratifs school in Paris. From 1995 to 1998 she specialized in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara (Italy). She now resides in Carrara where she possesses her own foundry, which allows her to create her bronze directly. Additionally to this material, Claire Fontana also works with glass and rock. She shares her life with her partner who is a marble sculptor.
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Claire Fontana’s sculptures evoke so many screenshots taken at this decisive moment when the character is caught in a vital expression. Bronze is worked with striking lightness and immortalises the ephemeral in all its tension. The artist conceives water as an ambiguous element, it is successively represented as a blessing (divers happily taking a plunge, people giving up their paddles for a swim) and as the shadow of a fatal outcome (a surfer riding a dreadful wave).
The sculptures call for meditation, a need for peace, a suspended moment of joy. The fleeting quality of what is shown is never contradicted by the way it is treated: the delicate silhouettes are only partially revealed, in spite of their retinal persistence they remain a quest for truth.