Clarina Bezzola's Fluid was a metaphorical installation about circulation through barriers and skins. It included ceramic, metal, and fabric pieces that connected drawn elements on the walls and floor. The drawings also served to create spatial illusions hinting at the presence of perceptual barriers. According to the artist, her work is her body, and the installation, although existing in the gallery, "should always be thought of as a part of me." Her use of flower patterns underscored the surfaces that wrap and hide the inner lives of her forms; they provide a "hypocritical way of covering up." Bezzola's pieces are often wearable and used in performances. The exhibition was accompanied by the artist's performance of "Lamentation," an operatic improvisation in which, dressed in a sculpture of her own making, she made use of her classically trained voice.
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