Clare Celeste Börsch is an American artist based in Berlin. Like her artwork, her life has been a collage of sorts. She was born in Thailand and has lived in Brazil, Italy, Honduras, Argentina, and the United States. She now lives in Germany with her husband and son. Pushing the limits of assemblage and collage, Clare uses found, photographed, and hand-painted images to create artworks that span from works on paper to large-scale installations. Her most recent works focus on ecology, climate change, and species preservation.
Clare’s work has been featured in hotel lobbies, magazines, on book covers and wine bottles, and has even been made into puzzles. Clare enjoys working with creative directors and her commercial commissions both inspire and are inspired by her studio practice.
From hundreds of impressions, one composition.
Clare Celeste Börsch has been assimilating to different cultures and environments her entire life – having lived in Brazil, the US, Italy, Honduras, Argentina and Germany. Rich with texture and detail, each composition pays tribute to her capacity to transform her archive of experiences into hallucinogenic ecosystems of their own. The lush assemblages of fauna and flora exude a visceral and intimate fragility. They speak to the mutable nature of memories as reconstructions that border on mythologies.
Life As Collage
My mother carries her camera and a stick to scare away the packs of dogs.
Her images, deep red and saffron, fill carousels of slides. A few weeks later, I am born.
The equatorial sun hits the reef’s edge in a spray of light.
A machete is held tight as a boy slips, barefoot, into the fronds of a palm tree.
The white foam of a city fountain breaks the heat of August.
Washington DC 1992
A hidden pool behind a stone wall.
As the sun sets we slipped off our clothes and into the dark water. The full Tuscan night.
The unending white concrete of Sao Paulo.
An 8 year old boy holds up a knife, my heart breaks.
Sao Paulo 1998
At the river basin, caked in salt crystals, the ocean swells inland.
Sun-drenched ocean, shimmering highways, wind-whipped heat.
The city is burning again.
Los Angeles 2010
The forest bed is wet and alive. I enter the lake.
Above, the hum of insects and the voice of my child. Below, the green silence.
SELECT CLIENTS :
New York Magazine
Soho Myriad Art Consulting
Land of Nod
Dorian Design Studio
World of Dot
The Jealous Curator
Wie Schön ist Panama
SELECT Shows :
2019 Off the Page Festival, FORM, Perth
2019 The Goods Shed, FORM, Perth
2019 The Mushroom Hunters, Solo Exhibition, AutoTeile, Berlin
2018 Fulcrum Arts, Emerge Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles
2018 Mujeres que cortan y pegan, MULAFEST, Madrid
2017 ÉCHALE GUINDAS, “When you are a stranger”, Madrid
2016 Berlin Art Fair, Berlin
2016 Intimate Immensity, Solo Exhibition, AutoTeile, Berlin
SELECT PROJECTS :
Commissions and Fine Art
Art and Creative Direction