Claire Paugam is a multidisciplinary French artist (born 1991) based in Reykjavík. After graduating in 2016 from the Iceland University of the Arts’ MFA program, she has exhibited in various art institutions in Iceland and abroad, such as the 5th International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, Russia) or Gerðarsafn Art Museum (Kópavogur, Iceland). Throughout her art practice, Claire questions the way we define natural objects through visual analogy as well as the concept of shapelessness. Claire is the recipient of the Motivational Award of the Year / Hvatningarverðlaun ársins 2020, delivered by the Icelandic Art Prize.
Claire & Raphaël have been collaborating since 2018. The artist duo creates art installations and stage designs focused on the relationship and interactions between sound, light and sculptural elements in space. Their non-identifiable objects take over spaces, as if they had always been here, as if they had a purpose. The narratives implied by the artworks always refer to thoughts of science fiction.