Marc Moser’s sculptural work is characterized by a strong affinity for metal as a basic material. His motifs are things from everyday life, wherein Moser works with the aesthetic strategy of alienation. From rolls of barbed wire up to 100 meters long, he creates objects that are familiar to viewers from childhood days, such as teddy bears, rocking horses, skateboards or bobby cars. Due to the sharped-tipped nature of the material, however, joyful and carefree playing is prevented. The artist’s desire for surprising the viewer, and for breaking with his usual patterns of perception, is also reflected in his oversized, colourfully painted steel sculptures, which weigh up to one ton. International attention greeted sea pink (2011), a five-meter-wide pair of sunglasses placed on the coast of Aarhus, providing an optimistic view of the world. Or the almost three-meter-high blue too (2013), a screw clamp with which the artist addresses ambivalent feelings toward digital communication: grip and tightness.
After completing an apprenticeship as a blacksmith, Marc Moser, who was born in 1968 in Arbon, canton of Thurgau, spent years as an apprentice and traveler. Among other things, he assisted the steel sculptor Étienne Krähenbühl from Western Switzerland. Moser has been working as a freelance artist since 1993. His works can be seen throughout Europe in solo and group exhibitions as well as in public spaces at biennials and triennials. Moser lives and works in Arbon.