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Grudda Carin


Carin Grudda was born in 1953 in Gudensberg near Kassel. dokumenta[1] supported her school education from the very outset until she graduated from high school in 1972. She studied art history and philosophy in Giessen and completed her studies with a thesis on Dadaism and its philosophical references. A visit to the Villa Massimo in Rome (1980) and an internship at ARD in Madrid (1982) led her almost seamlessly into artistic practice. At the start of her artistic career, Carin Grudda concentrated primarily on painting and drypoint etching. In terms of motifs, "being on the move as a state of mind in time is in the foreground". At the end of the 1990s, a change of medium and the first sculptural and plastic approaches became visible in her work with "objets trouvés", which the artist painted and transformed into assemblages. In 1998 she became acquainted with the Caporrella art foundry in Rome through an art prize in Italy. In the following years, she created numerous bronze sculptures. Her intensive involvement with bronze sculpture in Italy prompted Grudda to move to Liguria at the beginning of 2001, where she still lives today. Carin Grudda's appointment to the 54th Venice Art Biennale in 2011 honoured and internationally recognised her creative work to date. The artist is represented at the 9th Swiss Triennial of Sculpture with numerous sculptures. Her works, with their surreal and dreamy concepts, are able to touch young and old alike with their charming yet profound irony and almost tender poetry.


«Sculpture is not just an attitude to life, art in general is.

It is an attitude: how you are in the world. And how you survive in it.»

[1] An exhibition of contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.

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