Lieu exhibits at Simmons College
Solo Exhibition by Clara Lieu (Critic, Foundation Studies)
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 10-Dec. 16, 2014
Gallery is closed on Nov. 11 and Nov. 26-28
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:45pm
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00am-4:30pm
Clara Lieu’s exhibition interprets her personal inward journey. She explores this in several media. Her drawings, prints and photography, constructed from her own three-dimensional sculpture all explicate her ideas. Her large-scale drawings almost overwhelm the viewer with their raw feeling. This work is a journey of emotion—a tour de force of technical virtuosity and a tenacious examination of her theme of self-discovery.
The work is complex and layered. Lieu’s drawings lead the viewer into a chaotic, shifting world—figures fight to be seen or erased. The intensity of the mark making echoes her inward struggles. These images are not for the faint-hearted.
Emerge no. 3 presents a looming central nude figure, but on either side of her—two faces and partial bodies seemingly stream like ghost souls from her sides. These four visages communicate highly charged emotional states while the central figure has very little affect. The swirling figures are like the Greek Furies, frightening the onlooker.
Lieu, like many contemporary artists, works her ideas out in more than one medium. She creates resin facemasks that she then theatrically lights and photographs. These images remind the viewer of the eighteenth-century sculptor, F. X. Messerschmidt’s intensive self-portraits of emotional states. They evoke the Sturm and Drang (Storm and Stress) school of the Romantic age.
Trustman Art Gallery
Main College Building, 4th floor
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA, 02115