Cloud Catcher

Cloud Catcher by Karolin Schwab: The only way to see the cloud catcher is to walk up the mountains. After only a few minutes of walking you will be able to see it from a distance, but it will take another 40 minutes to actually arrive there. This walk, the physical effort and the rising anticipation are already as much a part of the piece as the sculpture itself. Once arrived the cloud catcher invites you to sit down, to observe, to feel, to wait for a cloud to pass through or any other thought that might be up in the air.
The big red ring focusses one’s view and also frames the environment. However, the image, that is captured inside this frame is constantly changing as the daylight is moving and clouds, far or near, enter and exit the frame. To sit down and wait for a cloud means to slow down and sense. It creates a moment of stillness and yet connects the visitor to his ever moving surrounding.

The great thing about going to artist residencies is that you end up in places you never thought you would go to. That’s how I got to Tenna — a tiny village in the middle of the Swiss Alps 1600m above sea level. I mention that, because I was born and raised by the sea and nothing is really higher than 10 meters (in fact, everything that is higher than 10 meters it is already considered to be a mountain). The first morning I woke up in Tenna and walked outside I found myself and the whole village covered in clouds. I remember how I couldn’t help but think, how I have never been this close to the clouds before and how much I would love to touch them. This is usually how the creative process starts for me. First there is a feeling, then there is a language. Later that day I sat down, looked at the clouds disappearing in the distance and I said: I want to catch a cloud.

© Images by Karolin Schwab, except image 3 by Felix Contzen.
Year: 2018 | Dimensions: 320 x 270 x 25 cm | Medium: gloss paint on wood


Karolin Schwab (b. 1987) is visual artist based between London and Berlin. Using site specific installation and sculpture she explores different ideas of how we perceive a landscape as well as the space and the relationship between the viewer and their ever-changing environment. Her works embrace the gentle processes and movements in everything, while also seeking to find a moment of stillness, that connects inner and outer landscape. After studying Fine Art at the University of East London (2013) and the University of Arts Berlin (2016) she participated in manifold international exhibitions and residencies in China, Switzerland, USA amongst others. In 2019 she received the Gilbert Bayes Award and became a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Currently she is nominated for the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2019 and soon will go on to a 4 month residency in Denmark as recipient of the MALT AIR scholarship.