Clara Varas

I use household items and industrial materials to explore identity, displacement and the concept of home.These hybrid works are often rooted in the language of abstraction and the idea of stretching the painting genre beyond traditional interpretations. The objects I employ are marred by overuse and speak to their history or demise in order to open a dialogue between the past and present. Fishing line, discarded clothing, broken furniture, wood, and other unconventional materials provide clues as to a city's inhabitants and transcend boundaries between drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. I seldom exhibit my work in the same manner since I never consider a piece finished, to me, it is a constantly evolving thing always reacting to its immediate surroundings.


Champions: Caribbean Artists Breaking Boundaries in South Florida
curator: Jane Hart- Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
Exhibition: Jan. 14 - Feb. 11, 2017
Opening Reception: January 13, 2017 6-8 p.m.