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Esther Kläs employs hands-on dexterity with her process-oriented sculptures and works on paper which challenge contemporary sculptural norms and discourses. With links to Postminimalism, she utilizes malleable materials including clay, oil stick, or resin while maintaining an intimate physical relationship with her work. The artist’s distinctive visual language relates to her body in a surrounding environment while simultaneously referencing her inner experience. Appearing at once as mysterious presences and projections of a poetic imagination, her sculptures and works on paper emphasize the intuitive gestures that shape her work. Questioning the essence of objects and herself within a space, the work suggests relationships of both being and seeing.
[…] Esther Kläs spoke to us about her work in the context of a recent exhibition, which ran from January 29 to March 12 at Peter Blum. In the beginning of her preparation for this show, titled Come Again, she contemplated scale – body sizes, the space they occupy – and considered what might happen if she changed the scale of things. In order to engage with the work, viewers must shift their perspectives, whether this means viewing from above or squatting down, and other ways of non-conventional approach. Primarily a sculptor, Kläs also created works on paper for Come Again. To hear more about this exhibition, listen to the complete interview. […]