Klair Larason is an Oklahoman artist working with the medium of gum wrapper foil and her work concerns her disconnected, Mesoamerican ancestry. Using both 2-d and 3-d works, she illustrates the fine line between her blood heritage and white, American upbringing with images of jaguars, macaws, and Costa Rican flora. With other sculptures, she examines the line between artificial and natural elements with various skulls, covered in organic, gilded foil. Each piece contains an amount of personal reflection and after relying on a limited choice of palette, her work still retains a vast amount of bright, vivid hues.
“When thinking about my perception of how shoes carry meaning in life, my thoughts fell mostly on the contact between our feet and the earth, and how shoes shape our literal path we follow. While we strive in our metaphorical path, our shoes take a physical side, reflecting the environment of which we travel; sometimes it’s an urban trail, out far in a forest, or even to take on sand from a beach. This last summer of 2016, I took a journey that led me through the Mojave Desert and the Pacific Northwest and most of that time was spent in redwood forests. I would hike daily on quiet paths to reflect on where I stand in life and what decisions I need to make next. On these walks, I wore down holes in my shoes, halfway into my trip I ended up with my feet touching more of the ground than my actual shoe. With this artwork, I have chosen to illustrate that image of personal, past experience contrasting against the encounters with a new world, different from my own.”
Friday, May 12th 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Art, music, food and drinks provided
1219 N. Classen Blvd, OKC
Show dates 5/12 – 6/7