Join us for Pérez Art Museum Miami's (PAMM) 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.
This month, 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.
About Clara Varas
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. In the artist's words, "I don't consider a work finished; to me they are a constantly evolving thing, always reacting to their immediate surroundings." Recent solo exhibitions include Interior/Exterior Spinello Projects in Miami, Florida (2017). Group exhibitions include Cut: Abstraction in the United States from the 1970s to the Present, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL (2019). Varas has also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2016), Boca Raton Museum of Art (2014), and the Cintas Fellows Finalist Exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MDC), where she was a finalist for a Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts (2015). Varas earned her B.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Her work is part of the permanent collection at PAMM. Varas is represented by Spinello Projects in Miami, where she currently lives and works.
About Maritza Lacayo
Maritza Lacayo is curatorial assistant and publications coordinator at PAMM since March 2017. She has managed various publications and exhibition catalogues for PAMM including Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger (2017); On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection (2017); william cordova: now's the time: narratives of southern alchemy (2018); Ebony G. Patterson…while the dew is still on the roses… (2018); The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); and Beatriz González: A Retrospective (2019). At PAMM she has organized George Segal: Abraham's Farewell to Ishmael (2019), Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM's Fund for African American Art (2020, co-organized with René Morales), and has numerous curatorial projects forthcoming including The Artist as Poet: Selections from the PAMM Collection. Lacayo has also assisted in the coordination and production of dozens of exhibitions at PAMM. Lacayo curated the Exhibition of Works by 2019 YoungArts Winners (Regional) and the National Winners exhibition in 2020. She holds a BA in Art History from the American University of Paris and a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Modern and Contemporary Art and Art World Practice from the University of Glasgow, Scotland (Christie's Education Program).