Kira: Engaging and Sensory-Loaded Sculpture

"Kira: Engaging and Sensory-Loaded Sculpture." Off the Easel Magazine. Winter 2011: 19.

Kira’s artwork is an experience. To speak with her is to uncover one layer. To view her sculpture is another. But to watch her create and to understand the underlying emotions is an engaging, sensory-loaded experience. It is both inspiring and humbling to come across a person who is so purely an artist for the love of creating art. Kira’s accessible and holistic approach to her work reminds us that art isn’t about clinically or passively observing it in an impersonal setting. Rather, it’s an emotional experience that can take us to another place, help us transcend and find the courage to express ourselves. And it can be a public and social experience as well.

Art found Kira later in life. She already had a career as a social worker when she began sculpting, but thankfully for the art world, she soon fell in love and committed herself fully to her art. Sculpture is something that Kira does because she needs to and she recognizes that she is not like other artists who strive to be profitable and efficient. “It’s just something I have to do. I’m so happy when I do it; I’m so happy when I’m in the clay...” she explains. It often takes her 300 to 400 hours to complete a clay sculpture, 50 hours at the foundry and another 20 hours to create one of her signature patinas. She has a hand in every part of the process for every piece of artwork, and it is this uncommon dedication to detail that sets her apart. “I ask myself, ‘In 100 years would I still want to show this?’”

Italy seems to think so—in fact, she was honored in Rome as the world’s premiere emerging contemporary bronze sculptor. Kira also writes poetry to record her state of mind while sculpting each piece, partly because she feels compelled to and also because she wants to connect to her viewers on yet another level.

Kira’s spirit of giving colors everything she does. She always enjoyed working with children as a social worker and wanted to combine her two callings by starting a non-profit, Clay Kids for Health. The organization uses art therapy to bring joy and hope to hospitalized, abused and neglected children. She is inspired to help others find comfort in sharing the human experience, be it joyful or painful. This is the reason so many feel drawn to her beautiful art.

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