Born in 1973 in Pretoria, Claudette Schreuders lives and works in Cape Town, where she graduated with a master’s degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1998.
She was part of the Liberated Voices exhibition at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1999 and had a solo show Burnt by the Sun at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York (2001). In 2004/5 her first solo museum exhibition toured the United States. She has shown extensively on group exhibitions, including All the More Real: Portrayals of intimacy and empathy at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (2007); Since 2000: Printmaking now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006); and Personal affects: power and poetics in contemporary South African art at the Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York (2004). Shreuders receently (May 2011) held a solo exhibition at the LUX Art Institute in San Diego, USA.
Schreuders has worked in a variety of artistic media. She is best known for her sculpture, She has been associated with Bitter Comix since its inception and is familiar with comics as an art form. She is also well known as a sculptor. Besides her sculpture, Schreuders creates line drawings in sketchbooks. Hardground etching was therefore a very direct process for her to use with Payne.
Schreuders describes herself as something of a perfectionist, working slowly and indulging in her labour-intensive process, which she sees is quite revelatory in terms of understanding one’s intentions and desires.