Let’s take a peek at what’s going on in Clara Lieu’s studio.
I am currently working on a new series of figures wading in water. The project focuses on the dual nature of water as a substance which can be responsible for sustaining or ending life. As humans, we turn to water as a source of healing and comfort that can be small in scale and intimate.
At the same time, water can also play a catastrophic role on a massive, group scale in the form of a natural disaster. By exploring these opposite roles, my intent is to create ambiguous images which simultaneously represent the destructive and nurturing qualities of water.
Right now in my studio I’m working on small sketches to prepare for a series of large scale crayon drawings, the third body of work in this series. I’m creating two sets of crayon drawings: one of very tall, vertical drawings depicting single figures and another of very long, horizontal drawings of groups of figures.
For more on Clara’s creative process, you can check out her blog.