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Villa Heike

The human body forms the core of Claudia Olendrowicz’s artistic work. Claudia explores the body’s relation and reaction to its surrounding context and its constructed socio-material environment.


The body is understood as an outer membrane that functions as a catalyst on which mental and physical states become visible; on which traces and forms manifest. In her sculptures, the artist utilises materials that come into constant contact with the human body – sponges, soap and fabric – searching for the body’s permeability, its transformability and vulnerability.

There is a somatic element to all her art works, without merely replicating reality. Often, the utilised material itself determines the work’s shape leading the viewer’s attention towards the object’s immanent physical presence. The material’s fragility or stability functions as a metaphor for the body in its respective social circumstance with their constructive or deconstructive implications.

Claudia Olendrowicz was born in Königs Wusterhausen, Germany, in 1983. She received a degree in Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University in Weimar in 2008. She lives and works in Berlin. Solo exhibitions include: Cottbusser Tor, Vesselroom Project, Berlin (2014), Irish Spring, 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway (2013), Irrgäste, Interno4, Bologna (2012). She participated in several group exhibitions: INTRA MOENIA - nuovi aspetti dell´arte in Basilicata, Museo Provinciale, Potenza, Italy (2017), CHORA, Parco Scultura La Palomba, Matera, Italy (2016), Eine Enzyklopädie des Zarten, Wunderkammer Schlossmuseum, Weimar (2015). In 2013, together with Bruno Di Lecce, she was invited to the Artist-in-Residency Program of Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main. In 2014, she participated in the Workshop A fiction in reality - Art, Politics & Architecture, held by Carlos Garaicoa, at Fundación Botin, Santander, Spain.

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