Artist Statement + Bio

I make work that reflects, and reflects on, the human condition. I integrate architecture with human anatomy in sculptures, drawings, and photographs, and I work primarily in clay because it speaks to the idea of “building” or of being “built” —literally, metaphorically, and philosophically. People are a complex amalgamation of their genetics, history, surroundings, and aspirations; like a city, people can thrive, swell, and decay. The visual language in my work demonstrates this unique struggle and strength in being human: the landscape looks fragile, but it holds; vulnerability and resilience fight, constantly seeking balance.

Clara Hoag received two BFAs from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 2009, and received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia (Athens) in 2013. Clara has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; she has participated in a number of national shows; and she has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and the Houston Arts Alliance. She currently teaches Sculpture and 3D Design at Houston Community College.