Imperfections-Balance

Imperfections - Balance
Painted Aluminum
16"x 14" x 11"

Aqua Alta - Driftwood

The Artist

CLARITA LIEPOLT

After attending the University to get my professional studies in Industrial Technology and MA in Education; my passion for art drove me in 1983 to attend my first workshops in photography, painting and ceramics at Instituto Bellas Artes (Colombia). This gave me a formative introduction and I have explored all three artistic expressions since then.   

When I was about 34, I traveled to New York. I fell in love with this diverse and cosmopolitan city, and I decided to stay. It is because of this beautiful and exuberant experience, that my continued development in photography, painting, and sculpture has been taking shape. I found a mentor in the sculptor Nathaniel Kaz at the Art Students League where I studied for several years starting in 1990. I also studied in other locations

My art reflects my life and the joy that comes from being in continuous movement. Art for me has become a way of living; of seeing and feeling the world. It connects me to the everyday through all the particles of the cosmic universe, our World, Our Earth, our Nature; our Mother Nature. I make art to confirm my human faith in the beauty and joy of life, through photography, painting, and sculpture.

My sculptures move between human and abstract figures. I want to capture the sensitivity of the sculpted subjects, their emotions, all the vital energy of their mood. For some of my sculptures, I have used clay, wax, or plastilina. These materials allow me to feel the process, capturing the development of the subject in every moment. Some pieces have been fired; others have been cast using bronze, resin, or plaster. 

For the abstract sculptures, I want to convey the clarity of the blue sky and the energy absorbed from the sun’s rays. For them I have used a variety of materials, especially natural and industrial remnants. Collecting discarded materials for me is a source of inspiration, be it a piece of metal, wood, cardboard, or stone. I can give these objects new value and a new presence, showing that they are beyond what they appear to be or have been made to be, raising questions and musings in those who observe them. I seek to present a critical position towards the world of waste and consumerism, encouraging contemplation in the viewer.

Works

Abstract Sculpture

What drives much of my abstract sculptural work is a desire to reuse, repurpose and give new life to discarded pieces. Throughout my career, I seek to underscore each piece's materiality and the story of how said materials came to me. Using discarded remnants, I can rework them into unique pieces.
Many of my abstract pieces are of aluminum; I enjoy working with this metal for its sensibility and malleability. My work with reclaimed driftwood is motivated mainly by the urge to discover the object's history before I found it. Using various natural pigments and wax, I can bring out the story of the piece and give it new life.


Figurative Sculpture

In my figurative works, I aspire to capture not only the psychical attributes of the subject but the spiritual and non-corporeal aspects which are also present. To fully appreciate and communicate this sensitivity to the subject, I typically work with materials such as clay and wax, allowing me to mold and bring life to my rendition.


Paintings, Drawing, Mix-Media

Throughout my life, I have enjoyed freely experimenting with various mediums such as oil, acrylic, encaustic, pastels, etching, printmaking, watercolor, and other forms of mixed media.



Other Works

Exhibitions

Inspiration by Curiosity

Proposal for the ASL program 2012/13 Model to Monument: Public Art in Public Spaces (M2M

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