15 September – 2 October 2016
about the exhibition
Clara Hali is an artist who engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the human form. “’Fusion’ is a sculptural exhibition about the integration of landscape and yoga into figurative forms. The landscape acts as a metaphor for the duality of fragility and strength in humans, while yoga represents the potential equilibrium or oneness within humans.” She is influenced by her surrounding landscape, as she captures vulnerability of human nature through 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 strength and weaknesses. Clara’s sculptures also engage with the practice of yoga, reflecting our deep desire to find balance physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually within our busy lifestyles. Clara fuses these two threads together developing sculptures that are imbued with increased levels of meaning and subtle complexity while continuing to abstract the human form.
Clara studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney and later some engineering and ornamental ironwork at the Sydney Institute of Technology. Clara Hali has been a lecturer at the National Art School since 1988 and completed her Masters of Fine Art there in 2007. She has exhibited extensively and her work is represented in several collections including Macquarie University (Sydney), University of Sydney, Compaq Computers and Brambles Australia.