Over the summer, I participated in a workshop at the Berlin Summer University for the Arts led by artists Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers. I left the workshop with many new ideas and a refreshed perspective on how I might interact with the urban environment as an artist. A few months later, I am still thinking about what I learned in the workshop and the city of Berlin itself. I would like to return to Berlin with a residency at GlogauAIR to create a new series of works based on my experiences of the city.
I will use sculpture to explore questions about the urban structures of Berlin. I am drawn to sculpture as a medium for its ambiguous status as an object and a vessel of an idea. Unlike painting, the work of sculpture exists in the shared space with the viewer; the space in which we move through our daily lives. Physically, there is not much to separate the everyday object from a work of sculpture. However, the sculpture holds a conceptual significance that lifts it from the ordinary. It is this quality of object and non-objectness in sculpture that I find fascinating, and makes it a medium uniquely suited to address topics in architecture.
I consider much of my work to be site specific, meaning that the pieces are a direct reaction to the physicality of a place or space. Through a process of photography, sketching, and observation, I immerse myself in my surroundings. The artworks emerge from this place of study and contemplation. In the residency project I would like to challenge my modes of making to push the aspect of site specificity. I am interested in works that interact with the natural light of a place, and also perhaps explore installation projects. I work in a minimal aesthetic and enjoy the challenge of using a small amount of material to make a large impact. Overall, I am curious to know how an immersion in the city of Berlin will come through in my work.
Besides the opportunity to make new artworks, I am interested in the program at GlogauAIR for the community. I believe the exchange of ideas is just as important as the actual making of art works. I would be glad to participate in the Open Studios and other program events. I am a young artist and I am eager to be introduced to a new arts community, both in the city and with the other resident artists.
Clara Gross is interested in the human body as the boundary between the self and the wider world. It is her understanding that we come to know the world around us through what we see, hear, smell, touch or do not touch, and in turn come to know ourselves; where our bodies start and end, what is us and what is not. As an urbanite, most of life has passed in the highly constructed, man-made environment of the city. This has informed Clara’s sense of who she is in the world. She inhabits the space between walls, buildings, and city blocks. These negatives spaces have captured her attention. The negative spaces become activated, positive spaces through our dwelling in them.
Clara’s sculptures reference the shapes and forms of buildings. They exist mainly at a small, model-like scale. This size allows her to address the material and spatial relationships between forms and reference the large scale of architecture in a tangible way. She often works with construction materials such as wood, metal, or plaster in order create a tactile connection with my subject matter.
She enjoys the quiet moments, when the light cast a shadow on the wall just right or when a wire fence touches the brick facade next door or how the space of an alleyway frames a view of a cloud in the sky. There is joy for her in these moments, and humor too.
2016 BA, Art and Philosophy, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2016 Certificate, Museum Studies, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2019 NYC Crit Club, New York, NY
Under the Looking Glass, curated by Claudia Bitran, Gallery Cubed, Brooklyn, NY
My Kingdom for Baked Alaska, Meeting House AIR, Troy, NY
Movement Adjacent, NYC Crit Club, New York, NY
Priority Mail: 2019 Mail Art Biennial, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY
Put Yourself Out There, Point O’ Woods, NY
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Connecticut College, New London, CT
Visiting Artists & Artist’s’ Favorites, The Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI
Pretty Lights & Silent Nights, Marquee Gallery, New London, CT
What’s Cooking in Cummings, Connecticut College, New London, CT
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