My work explores ideas and themes surrounding vanity, cultural appropriation, vulnerability and asexual beauty. I often reference classical antiquity and historical narratives to bring notions of time, death and fear to the forefront, accosting viewers. Using monochromatic neutrals with only the occasional pop of color, I intend to remind the viewer that what they are seeing is not real, as one might look back on black and white photography. There is a sense of detachment, as though the figures are trapped behind a screen, and the occasional burst of color brings them slightly closer to both reality and tangibility. The figures are naked, shed of material possession or identification, leaving them isolated and vulnerable in the hopes that someone may feel their pain, however subtly, and agonize over the lonely, the destitute and the powerless.
In pristine white plaster, figures huddle. Their faces are obscured, bodies fragmented and chipped. There is a sense of sterility in the stark white of the plaster, polished to perfection and harkening back to classic Greek and Roman sculptures. The massive paintings of three solid, almost hostile figures demand your attention as they loom overhead and peer down at you. They wear various protective masks yet stand completely bared, each facing their own diverse adversaries throughout time.
Sierra Klein is a studio artist based in Nashville, TN. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Belmont University in 2020, at which time she was a member of Kappa Pi: Eta Phi and the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. Sierra’s work serves to instigate questions about the state of the world and humanity’s perception of it. Often creating sculptural works in plaster, wood and metal, she enjoys working with hyper realistic drawings as well, alternating between fully rendered and boorish depictions of anguished human figures. She has exhibited throughout Tennessee and Upstate New York.
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