Claire McArdle, ‘Torso 14-9’, Artist's Proof

These terra cotta sculptures are one of a kind original works. This terra cotta is quarried in Serre di Rapolano, (Senese), Italy. McArdle discovered this clay body while working in the travertine quarries in this area famous for Etruscan ceramics. She uses this clay to obtain the unique textures and color. While the work is still moist, many layers of terra sigillata are applied to create the multitude of colors. Terra sigillata is an ancient technique of applying a fine slip with natural pigments. After the first firing, a second application of glaze is applied and the work is fired a second time.

Claire McArdle is an internationally recognized sculptor. McArdle’s artwork traverses tropes of classical sculpture while drawing on the artist’s own imaginings and mythology. Crafted in marble, bronze, terra-cotta, and other media, McArdle’s sculptures synthesize elements of traditional classical sculpture with aesthetic qualities found in Cycladic sculpture and cave art. Her energy for exploring these mysteries and an insatiable passion for working stone, clay, and bronze, combine to create forms with harmonious balance and an ethereal quality.

About Claire McArdle

Claire McArdle’s artwork traverses tropes of classical sculpture while drawing on the artist’s own imaginings and mythology. Crafted in marble, bronze, terra-cotta, and other media, McArdle’s sculptures synthesize elements of traditional classical sculpture with aesthetic qualities found in Cycladic sculpture and cave art. Growing up in Washington D.C., McArdle was exposed to the city’s rich array of cultural institutions at a young age and developed an attraction to classical forms early on. After completing her undergraduate degree, she traveled to Carrara, Italy, to study with artisans learned in centuries-old production techniques.

American, c. 1959, Washington, D.C., based in Colorado

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