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New OrleansClaire McArdle. Goddess
GODDESS. (god-dess). A female deity; a woman who is adored, especially for her beauty.
Fascination with the goddess as a powerful figure dates to prehistoric times. An elemental part of all religious pantheons before the Iron Age, goddesses have, throughout history, been seen as embodiments of female beauty, strength and wisdom. The artists who have portrayed her in all her guises range from prehistoric and tribal shamans to European painters and sculptors such as Botticelli, Bernini, Rubens, and Titian to modern artists including Frida Kahlo, Henry Moore, and Andy Warhol.
Sourcing materials from the hills of Tuscany, as done by artists dating back to the Etruscan period, for over thirty years, sculptor, Claire McArdle has been creating museum quality, timeless, one of a kind works that resonate with spirituality and have the aesthetic qualities of prehistoric and ancient sculpture. A native of the Washington D.C. area, after earning a Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Claire moved to Carrara, Italy, a region rich in sculpture tradition, to work in the studios of master Italian artisans and sculptors. It was there that she learned the centuries old techniques of sculpting in marble and terra cotta. In her work, Claire consistently strives to create a harmony between the sensuous feminine, ethereal form and these earthly materials. Her inspiration comes from artifacts of early civilization dating back to 38,000 BC. Through her work, she tries to capture human emotion, our connection to the land we inhabit, and the divine.
“I work in a subtractive method in both clay and marble. My figurative works emerge from the block as a representation of the feminine and a sensuousness that both females and marble share. I strive to create a harmony between the ethereal form with the earthly material, leaving evidence of the process with the marks of my hands and tools. Humans have sculpted female torsos in this way since prehistoric times, perhaps in a ritualistic way, to honor the sanctity of the feminine. I aim to create timeless works that resonate with spirituality and connects us to our ancestors.” – Claire McArdle
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