Clara Varas

I use household items and industrial materials to explore identity, gender, displacement and the concept of home. My work is of an intuitive nature, rooted in the painterly and the language of abstraction- though it often defies a singular categorization. These hybrid works are based on the idea of stretching the medium beyond traditional interpretations. The objects I employ are marred by overuse, they speak to their history or demise in order to form and shape narratives between early childhood in Cuba and the present. Chaotic, humorous amalgamations of materials and disparate objects sometimes serve as stand ins for the figure or the self, challenging the threshold between stability and instability as they transcend boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation. Household Plants, fishing line, discarded clothing, broken furniture, wood, and other unconventional materials provide clues as to a city's inhabitants while commenting on our relationship with interior and exterior spaces. I seldom exhibit 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


Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

CUT: Abstraction in the United States from the 1970s to the present
Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
ON VIEW: Saturday, June 1, 2019- Sunday, August 25, 2019
RECEPTION: Saturday, June 8,2019 4-7pm
CURATOR: Amy Galpin, Ph.D, Chief Curator, Frost Art Museum