'Those who do not even know how to knead a handful of soil.
Dull people lacking emotions.
This is my soul, my most sacred essence...
These are the working hours. The hours when my soul is on fire.
While you wine and dine, make fun, ingurgitate voraciously, I was alone with my statue.'
'By restructuring the portrait of Camille Claudel, I have tried to make new and ambiguous expressions arise from a composition made of hundreds of human figures. There are different approaches to the personality and life of Camille Claudel. While feminists claim that she succumbed to a complicated life of love, hate and rumpus stemming from her tumultuous relationship with the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, her biographers and psychiatrists considered her as an overwhelmingly ambitious sculptor endowed with the features of a young, successful and beautiful female artist. As a young sculptor, Camille Claudel attended lectures held by Auguste Rodin, posed as a model for his sculptors and quickly became his lover. Yet, who is Camille Claudel? Is she a woman who was ruined by a man and then abandoned her art and became insane? Or were her artistic ambitions opposed to her social values? Did she succumb to a lifetime of loneliness? These questions do not hold a single answer. Through photography and collage, I have rebuilt the cultural portrait of Camille Claudel. Everyone, no matter from which angle they look at the image, will find different answers. In all honesty, it appears to me that Camille Claudel is sending us a glimmer of expression through the human figures who appear sad and decisive.'
(Azade Köker, Berlin, February 2012).