To enter a gallery populated with Swedish artist Klara Kristalova’s “creatures” is to glimpse a personal fairy tale. Her hand-painted ceramic and bronze figures speak directly to the artist’s interior life. A ceramic bust of a woman besieged by moths, another of a woman with vines coming out of her eyes where tears should be, both vibrate with the clarity of a dream image you can’t forget, but whose context you can’t remember. The absurdity of the imagery is paired with simplicity in presentation; works are placed on white cloth-covered tables, plain pedestals, or directly on the floor. This combination, along with the intentionally handmade quality of her sculptures, gives the work a classical presence despite its idiosyncratic nature.
For her exhibition at SITE, her first in a U.S. museum, Kristalova will push the boundaries of her practice. Anchoring the installation will be a group of new works created specifically for this exhibition. These new pieces will be complemented by a selection of earlier sculptures.
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