An early apprenticeship as blacksmith at Bergmeister Kunstshmiede led Claudia Wieser to the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, where she completed an MA in Painting. Geometry acts as a point of departure for Wieser, as evinced by her spherical wooden sculptures, hand-painted ceramics, multi-faceted mirrors, and gold leaf geometrics applied to hand-made paper or book pages. In her installations this inquiry into shape, form, and color is offset by wallpaper digitally printed with art historical references to Byzantine and Renaissance art or nineteenth-century architecture and design.

Craftsmanship and art intersect in Wieser’s oeuvre, just as trompe l’oeil illusionism is continuous with austere abstraction in her Bauhaus-inspired praxis. Her Gesamtkunstwerks thus re-forge the overdetermined idealization of form in Abstract art. A spiritual essence has often been attributed to Wieser’s art, yet it is not form, abstracted from reality, that suffices to qualify this spirituality, as Wassily Kandinsky specified in 1977. Rather, the spiritual is expressed by the alchemical, Hephaestically labor-intensive dilation and contraction of form into dimension, plane, cut, and its final liquidation into illusion.

Astarte Rowe.