23 July - 11 August 2009
about the exhibition
Clara Hali is an artist who engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the female form. Influenced by the Cubist ethos of combining figurative and abstract planes, Clara’s sculptures explore the bold characteristics of the female figure. Her journey with the female form has recently been influenced by her surrounding landscape, as she captures the vulunerablity of human nature through the precarious rock formations that are characteristic of the Blue Mountains. Employing the metaphor of landscape, the sculptures explore how life’s experiences can impact and shape us, capturing humanity’s strengths and weaknesses. This exhibition reveals a new resolution in Clara’s work showing that, after a thorough inquisition of western figurative art and extensive travels experiencing different cultures, it is what lies close to home that has the deepest resonance.
Clara studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney and later some engineering and ornamental ironwork at the Sydney Institute of Technology. She has been a lecturer at the National Art School since 1988 and completed her Masters of Fine Art there in 2007. Clara has exhibited extensively and her work is represented in several collections including Macquarie University (Sydney), University of Sydney, Compaq Computers and Brambles Australia.