Common household items, which once contributed to our well being in some physical or emotional way, now find themselves as key players in compositions that expose the underbelly of painting. Staples, hardware, stretcher bars, even refuse, are as much a part of Varas’ work as paint itself. The work, neither painting nor sculpture, but both at once, invades the viewers’ space and demands their attention. Placements of bed sheets, crocheted tablecloth, and remnants of clothing stuffed or draped over stretcher bars are precise, but still include a sense of whimsical playfulness and a humorous sense of material mischief.
Exhibition runs through June 18, 2016.
Clara Varas was born in Havana, Cuba and migrated to the United States at the age of seven. Varas’ work explores personal ties to earth, land, and commonplace items associated with the concept of home. Ms. Varas’ compositions use the language of abstraction and unconventional materials such as yarn, plastic, furniture, masking tape and other detritus found in the artist’s immediate surroundings to blur lines between painting, sculpture, and installation. She is a recent finalist of the Cintas Foundation Fellowship Program and First Place Winner at the Seventh Annual All-Media Juried Biennial at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL. Clara Varas is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.