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Clara Laratta

Artist member since 2020
Hamilton, Ontario

What do you do when your life should be enough but something tells you it isn't? It's easy to change your life when there's a crisis. There's no choice.

It's harder when things are fine. How do you choose to give up what you should be happy with, for something you can't even describe?

The works are a look inside this process, sharing with us what happens when we listen to that voice that tells us that things need to be different. What happens when we start to believe that there is more outside the safety of the walls of our life?

Each piece is a portrait of contemplation, a meditation on a facet of a life that is in the process of being understood and transcended.

Each of our lives is filled with the need for change - some that come to us as strident emergencies, and others that live within us as quiet, persistent urgings. These works are a reminder that we can be the authors of our own transformation through small acts of self-compassion underneath the surface.

Recent solo exhibitions include Relational Affects, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, ON, Unleashed, Gallery 4, Hamilton, ON and Liminality, O Gallery, Kitchener, ON. Recent group exhibitions include Nord Art 2021, Büdelsdorf, Germany, Dying., Toronto, ON, A Book About Death: The Last Waltz, Islip, NY, Transformation, Toronto, Ontario, Manthan, Lucknow, India, and Stranger Than Fiction, Millepiani, Rome. She participated in the Biophony Residency in Chelsea, Quebec and the Awakening Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ON and the DVSA Advanced Studio Residency and is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant, the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance, the Juror’s Choice Award, Fieldcote Museum, Ancaster, ON, People's Choice Award, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, The Lorna and David Somers Community Contribution Award for the Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, a Bank of Montreal First Art! Nominee, McMaster University School of The Arts, Hamilton, ON. and an invited member of the OSA. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of ARTPOOL, Budapest, Hungary, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany, Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland, Museum Scholoss Mayland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, The Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa, The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The B. Davis Schwartz Library, Long Island University Post, New York, USA, The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland, The Fluxmuseum, St. Louis, MO, The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, The Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan, The Moscow Museum, Russia, The NYC MoMA, New York, USA, The Mumok, Vienna, Austria, The Musee de la Poste, Paris, France, The Waskomium, Burlington, VT, and in various private collections.


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Q+A

Best season of the year in Toronto

Definitely summer, I'm missing Toronto Island, such a magical place.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

I think right now it's more important than ever to have art in your life. It's an avenue for reflection, discussion and something you can count on to move your thoughts outside of the

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

Introspective, nature-loving, joyful

When did you start making art, and why?

I've been creating since I was a young child. I became a full time emerging artist in 2018 after completing my (Honours) BFA at McMaster University. I started out wanting to be able to show the world through my eyes and it grew into so much more.

Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-06-07

Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
Nord Art,

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Ontario,
Dying.

2019

Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
Relational Affect (solo)

2019

Gallery 4 (Main Floor), Hamilton, Ontario
Unleashed (solo)

2019

Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Transformation

2019

Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York,
A Book About Death: The Last Waltz

2019

Kala Srot Art Gallery, Aliganj, Lucknow, India
Manthan: Exhibition of Prints

2019

O Gallery, Kitchener, ON
Liminality (solo)

2019

Millepiani Gallery, Millepiani, Rome
Stranger Than Fiction

2019

Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX
MANTHAN

2018

Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, UBC Okanagan Gallery, Kelowna, SNAP Edmonton, AB
The Biennial International Miniture Print Exhibition (BIMPE X)

2018

DVSA Gallery, Dundas, ON
Personal Effects

2018

Fieldcote Museum, Hamilton, ON
Fresh From The Studio

2018

McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
FLUX

2018

The Spice Factory, Hamilton, ON
Coalesce

2018

Fitzhenry Atrium Gallery, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Interconnections

2018

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Studio: Art by MoMA’s Online Learning Community

2017

Hamilton Artists Inc. Hamilton, ON
Realms

2017

Milk Glass Gallery, Toronto ON
Birth and its Meanings

Accolades
2019

Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON
Exhibition Assistance Grant

2019

Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON
Explore and Create Grant

2018

Fieldcote Museum
Juror's Choice Award

2018

McMaster Museum of Art
People's Choice Award

2018

McMaster University
BMO 1st Art! 2018 Nominee

2017

McMaster University
The Lorna and David Somers Community Contribution Award (Arts)

2016

McMaster University
University Senate Scholarship Award

2016

McMaster University
Golden Key Inductee

Press
2019

Newsday
Must see Exhibits in Long Island and in New York City

2018

The Hamilton Spectator
Dozens of Local Artists Shine in Fieldcote Museum's Juried Show

2018

Hamilton News
Budding Hamilton artists featured at Fieldcote's Fresh From the Studio exhibit

2018

Cable 14
City Matters Interview

2018

Silhouette
Student artists gather to make a presence in Hamilton

2018

Daily News
The art of science

Residencies
2019

Chelsea, Quebec
Ayatana Artist's Research Program

2018

Dundas, Ontario
Dundas Valley School of Art

2016

Toronto, ON
Awakening, Artscape Gibraltar Point

Education
2018

McMaster University
BFA

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