ONLINE VIEWING ROOM
This online presentation feautures a series of poetic marble sculptures of enlarged fruits suspended in four-post cages. Each sculpture was carved by a robot into a block of white Carrara marble, after the fruit was scanned by a 3-D-Scanner. The rectangle form of the cage remains, giving the viewer a reference to the raw block in which the sculpture was carved in and refers at the same time to the Renaissance, where scientists started to investigate processes of nature in order to understand and control it. The reminiscence of baroque opulence and exorbitance appears in the fruits, which had been carefully polished by hand after they were carved into the stone.
The sculptures are rendered in white marble, a material suggestive of stability and permanence that stands in contrast to the art historical connotations of fruit; that of mortality, decay and temporality.
Comte works between media, often combining sculptures or installation with wall paintings to create environments where works relate to each other with a visual rhythm that is both methodical and playful. Comte has created a new series of canvasas, where, for the first time, the imagery behind the geometrical form, is revealed. These reference the visual iconography of the Belgian comic artist André Franquin and in particular his comics Spirou et Fantasio, Gaston Lagaffe and Le Marsupilami. In Comte’s re-imagined homage to Franquin, she removes the narrative content such as characters, signs of industry or buildings and the language the characters speak to each other in speech bubbles; all have disappeared leaving only his linear backdrops of nature.