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Clara Schuff (1893-1987)

  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1979 | 46 x 30 cm
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1980 | 46 x 30 cm
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm | a
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm | b
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm | c
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm | d
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm | e
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm | f
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1984 | 46 x 30 cm
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1986 | 46 x 30 cm | a
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1986 | 46 x 30 cm
  • Filzstift auf Papier | 1987 | 46 x 30 cm
  • Kugelschreiber auf Papier | 1957 | 30 x 21 cm | a
  • Kugelschreiber auf Papier | 1957 | 30 x 21 cm | b
  • Kugelschreiber auf Papier | 1957 | 30 x 21 cm
  • Kugelschreiber auf Papier | 1958 | 30 x 21 cm

Alle Bilder: © Elmar R. Gruber

schuff017Clara Schuff was born in Munich, Germany, in 1893. At the age 17, she discovered her telepathic and clairvoyant abilities, and in the course of the years became a professional psychic. During World War II, she left Germany, lived in Switzerland, the UK, and Austria. In 1951, she discovered a strange ability. Apparently for no reason she began to sing peculiar melodies in unknown languages and odd rhythms. She thought these to be hymns, elegies, and prayers in languages of highly developed ancient cultures that in the meantime have perished, and are no longer known to us.

Clara Schuff emigrated to Brazil and subsequently to Los Angeles, USA, where she lived until her death. In Los Angeles, she gave psychic readings to artists and Hollywood stars. She predicted the future to Jimi Hendrix and was consulted by film producer Arthur Cohn and actress Liv Ullman.

While singing exotic, apparently archaic melodies, Clara Schuff soon started to make automatic drawings with great speed using ballpoint or felt-tip pens. She was of the opinion that these drawings were being “channeled” from the archaic peoples whose alien melodies she was singing. Thus, to the rhythm of her singing she produced her drawings. From the first works in the 1950s until shortly before her death, these drawings did not change stylistically. With a few strokes she divided the outline of a figure into sectors and filled them with small symbols, ciphers, and imaginative characters.

The figures themselves represent the head of a native Indian (her so-called “spirit guide”), or anthropomorphic and zoomorphic shapes. In part, Clara Schuff believed that the enigmatic songs and drawings were a form of remembrance of her own past lives. Others were anticipations and visions of extraterrestrial or future events and languages. For each of her drawings, she had a ready explanation that came to her through inspiration.