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3-D Studio Demo Artist Claudia Ibarra

Join Claudia Ibarra in the 3-D Studio demonstrating 3-D wire sculpting June 2-3, 2018. In the studio, you also can make your own wire and paper artworks.

Once you figure out that art materials are all around you, the possibilities are endless.

– Claudia Ibarra

Megan Farlow: What will your demonstration at the DAM be like? What can visitors expect to see?

Claudia Ibarra: For my demonstration I will be working like I would normally do. I will have my sketches to work from and be working step by step. I want my demonstration to be fun and for visitors to feel comfortable to ask questions if they have any. This also will give visitors a view into the problem-solving that is involved with creating wire sculptures. Sometimes you have to try a few different techniques and experiment to create the sculpture that you envisioned.

MF: How has your background influenced you as an artist?

CI: The way that my background has influenced me is by allowing me to experiment with new materials to create my art. Growing up in a single-parent household you learn to work with whatever material you can find laying around. It helps you look at materials such as cardboard, wire, and other household in a different perspective. Once you figure out that art materials are all around you the possibilities are endless.

MF: Who/what inspires your artwork?

CI: Interestingly enough the way that things function is a big inspiration to me. I have always been fascinated with how things work and when I make a sculpture I always try to figure out how they work first. I am also inspired by nature and all of its beauty. There are so many things that we over look simply because we are always so busy and I think art is away to remind people of these things.

MF: Lastly, What is your creative process like, how do you choose your materials?

CI: My creative process differs depending on the materials that I am using for my project. I try to do as much research as I can before I start creating but sometimes it's all about trial and error. Ideas come and go but there are some ideas that you have to stick with even if they seem impossible because sooner or later you can come up with a different approach to your problem that allows you to create what you envisioned. As for the materials I work with what I have and with whatever I feel will work best for my project.

wire sculpture by Claudia Ibarra
Photo courtesy Claudia Ibarra

Megan Farlow was a studio and artist programs intern in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. She enjoys the museum’s American Indian art collection, especially works by Jeffrey Gibson.

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