“The works are really segmented into these different chapters of my life,” Lisa Klakulak says. Her new solo exhibition, Since Taos: Contraction of Mass, Concision of Thought, is an autobiography rolled into felt and shaped into 13 affecting sculptures. The collection reflects the artist’s life starting in 2001, when she left Taos, NM, to work as a studio assistant for the fiber concentration course at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, and ending in the present day. “I was so into fiber, because of its comforting and protective qualities, but at the same time it is a medium associated with struggle and women’s work,” she says. “Then I got into the whole concept of felt, because it’s incredibly strong but it presents in this soft, vulnerable way.” The artist’s mastery of the medium and her emotional language-building express the deeply personal in a way that holds broader relevance to humanity, voicing ideas about growth, human connection and personhood. Since Taos opens on Friday, February 22 from 5 to 7 pm and runs through April 20, 2019.
Lisa Klakulak | Since Taos