GALLERY EXHIBIT “PLUNGE” SELF-PORTRAITS BY CLARA LIEU
Hollister Gallery at Babson College presents “Plunge; Self Portraits” by Clara Lieu on display from September 5th from October 25th.
An opening reception will be held on September 5th from 5-7 p.m., as well as an Artist Talk on September 11th at 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
Webster’s definition of a self-portrait is “a portrait of oneself done by oneself”. In her newest work, Plunges; self-portraits, rather than portray her own physical likeness, Lieu began the series by photographing an actress enacting her own remembered internal states of depression and anxiety. The resultant photographs were the basis for a series of 50 drawings done with Litho crayon and etching ink on 3ft x 4ft DuraLar. The drawings embody a powerful physicality in their use of material; the rich black etching ink is tacky where it has been layered thickly but leaves fine lined traces in the sanded surface where it has been wiped away, while fine white crosshatching has been scratched into the surface of the translucent Duralar. Lieu describes this physicality as reinforcing the intensity of the subject’s emotions; at turns terrified, enraged, crushed, or even calm, as they cycle through the depression’s timelines.
A professor and visual artist, Clara Lieu’s work explores the themes of isolation and mental illness with an interdisciplinary approach which includes drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Lieu received her BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture at the New York Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Bromfield Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center.