Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973, this highly relevant contemporary artist is known for his carved and painted wood sculptures and lithographic prints of interest.
Currently living in Cape Town Claudette Schroiders Figures can be found in nearly every major museum in the world, from the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan, MOMA in the US to the British Museum in the UK. They reflect the ambiguity of the search for African identity in post-apartheid South Africa.
Her inspiration comes from many places… Medieval church figures, West African sculpture, Spanish portraiture, and more.
Schroiders has held many exhibitions over the years both inside and outside the African continent. A single sculpture or drawing can give rise to the idea of an entire series, such as the latest work. in the bedroom, 2019, bystander2017, long day2010, and many more during her first solo with Jack Shainman NY in 2001. Burnt by the Sun.
Her drawings are very loosely worked and are the starting point for her prints, which are usually etchings. In this way Schreuders, as an artist, is able to retain some of her sculptures that leave her behind.
Her sculptures are decidedly more meticulously planned and executed. These days, it’s actually made from wood logs with the boards fused together. This is how Schroider makes it more stable and controllable.
Her favorite woods are jelutong, limewood and camphor, often carved directly from jacaranda logs in the past.