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KLARA KRISTALOVA
Twins, 2014
glazed stoneware in two parts
each:
42.13 x 13.39 x 15.35 ...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Birdwoman, 2013
glazed stoneware
51.97 x 14.96 x 14.17 inches
132 x 38...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
The Sleepless, 2011
glazed stoneware and porcelain
6 parts, dimensions variab...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Skinny Girl, 2011
bronze, black patina
84.25 x 20.87 x 21.26 inches
21...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Suddenly So Strange, 2011
glazed stoneware
34.25 x 9.84 x 9.45 inches
...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Trap, 2011
glazed porcelain
26.38 x 19.69 x 17.72 inches
67 x 50 x 45 ...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Sally, 2011
glazed stoneware
48.82 x 17.72 x 15.35 inches
124 x 45 x 3...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Gray, 2011
glazed stoneware
23.25 x 9.75 x 12 inches
59.1 x 24.8 x 30....

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Deer, 2011
glazed stoneware
39.37 x 12.99 x 11.81 inches
100 x 33 x 30...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
Some Kind of Monster, 2011
glazed porcelain
23.62 x 7.48 x 9.84 inches
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KLARA KRISTALOVA
Darkness and Light, 2011
glazed porcelain
16.93 x 11.81 x 9.06 inches
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KLARA KRISTALOVA
She's got a good head, 2010
glazed stoneware
15.35 x 14.17 x 25.2 inches<...

KLARA KRISTALOVA
And still they remain, 2009
glazed stoneware
35 x 14.25 x 10.25 inches
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KLARA KRISTALOVA
Slow Silent Song, 2008
glazed stoneware
12.6 x 10.24 x 9.84 inches
32 ...

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Klara Kristalova

Klara Kristalova (b. 1967, Czechoslovakia; lives and works in Norrtälje, Sweden) creates figurative, influenced by myths and fairy tales that recall childhood fantasy and nightmares. Exuding both innocence and horror, many of her works are based on the human body but are hybrid forms that incorporate aspects of nature—animals, insects, flowers, and trees. The ambiguity of the origin of the figure creates an open narrative that the viewer is invited to dictate or complete. Kristalova's figures are often depicted in the midst of transformation and thus exist in the liminal space between two physical or psychological states. They illustrate binaries such as innocence and danger, perfection and deformation, joy and despair, good and evil, masculine and feminine. The age of adolescence is of particular interest to the artist as a significant period of human transformation and growth, both physically and psychologically. It is a time when innocence and freedom are lost to societal pressures, and decisions are made that impact the direction of one's future. Though Kristalova is primarily a sculptor, she also creates series of drawings, watercolors, and collages that allow her to fully investigate her sculptural forms.

 

Kristalova studied at the Royal University College of Fine Art, Stockholm. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Kunstforeningen, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017); Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (2014); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2012); Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden (2012); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011); and SITE Santa Fe, NM (2009). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include In Search of the Present, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki (2016); NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015); and New Work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011).  Kristalova’s work is included in numerous international public and private collections, including The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Sweden; Bror Hjorths Hus, Sweden; Skövde Konstmuseum, Sweden; Sundsvalls Museum, Sweden; Public Art Agency Sweden; and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.