Claudia Chaseling was born in Munich, Germany and lives in Berlin and Canberra, Australia. She received two Masters degrees in Visual Art, from the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Australian National University in Canberra, respectively.
Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden- Baden, Germany, 68 projects, Berlin, Krohne Art Collection Duisburg, at the Volta10 in Basel, Switzerland and at Art Helix Gallery in New York City. Recent groups presentation were held at Molly Krom Gallery in New York City, Kunstverein Celle, Germany and at Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin.
Major grants and scholarships received in Australia and Germany – include those of the German DAAD, the Samstag Scholarship, the Studio Award of the Karl Hofer Society, the Australia Council for the Arts Grant in 2014 and the 2015/16 artsACT Project Grant. She has taken part in a number of international artists residencies at Burlington City Arts, the Texas A&M University, at Yaddo in New York and at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City. The publishing house “Verlag für zeitgenoessische Kunst und Theorie” will publish her first extensive monograph in 2016 and upcoming in 2016 is her first solo exhibition with Galerie Dirk Halverscheid in Munich, Germany. Claudia is as well a PhD candidate, Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. Most recently Claudia’s work was chosen for the corporate design of the new Dell XPS Precision 15 inch laptop and in a worldwide campaign presenting this computer.
Claudia Chaseling’s work comprises wall-size paintings and space filling murals. The artist creates upside down landscapes with reversed or distorted perspectives. The imagery of her Spatial Paintings consists of estranged landscapes, mutated creatures and plants whose deformation is caused by gamma radiation.
Claudia’s expansive wall/floor paintings interrupt the geometric order and balance of the exhibition space through their profound depth and sway between the two and three-dimensional.
Using a specifically developed technique with dry colour pigments, the artist addresses the antagonistic relationship between structure and chaos, creating new compositions from a state of disorder. The result is an amorphous system of complex fragments reminiscent of light reflections, abstract organic seeming excrescence and objects in form of capsule-like creatures. Claudia creates an atmosphere of alienation searching for the undiscovered Zeitgeist and the contemporary mutated perspective.
The artist’s current work was initiated in 2005, after seeing a documentary by Frieder Wagner addressing the use of depleted uranium weapons and the research of Prof. Siegwart-Horst Guenther. The diverse body of works, from Spatial Painting to the Graphic Novels, deal with the fact and the consequences that in every conflict zone on earth where the NATO or the US are involved, weapons are used that contain and distribute long-term radioactivity in form of uranium and plutonium dust.