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Live Online Studio Visit: Clara Varas with Maritza Lacayo of the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Published March 25, 2021

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) presents Live Studio Visits, a series that highlights local artists through virtual visits with PAMM curators. Get a first-hand look at the artists’ work and practice through this intimate lens.

April 8, 2021 at 7 pm, artist Clara Varas will join in conversation with PAMM Curatorial Assistant and Publications Coordinator Maritza Lacayo to discuss how she blurs the lines between painting, drawing, and installation within her work. Through a variety of mediums, including discarded and sourced domestic objects, she explores identity, displacement, and the notion of home as a transient environment.

Having migrated to the United States at the age of seven, Clara Varas (b. 1972 Havana) creates works that reflect upon diasporic communities, often involving the use of unconventional materials to comment on labor, consumerism, and the transient nature of contemporary life. Varas refers to her work as “Hybrids”—existing in a space between painting, sculpture, and installation.

“I don’t consider a work finished; to me they are a constantly evolving thing, always reacting to their immediate surroundings.”