Clara Laratta is an intermedia artist born and based in Hamilton, Ontario. Awarded for her work utilizing integrative methodologies to research aspects of identity, her latest body of work uses an autoethnographic approach to examine elements of wholeness. This work consists of sculpture, drawing, video, and photography. It moves between and merges, modalities, connections, personal and collective healing and culminates in an informal archive of lived experience. She recieved her MFA from the University of Waterloo and an Honours BFA, with distinction, from McMaster University.
Her work is shown internationally and across Canada, Recent solo exhibitions include In Transition, Cambridge, In Search of Wholeness, Waterloo, Relational Affects, Kitchener, Unleashed, Hamilton, Liminality, Kitchener, Personal Effects, Dundas. Recent group exhibitions include Small File Media, British Columbia, The Body Electric, Nova Scotia, Disembody, Waterloo, Breath. Heart. Spirit. North Bay and Brantford, Nord Art, Germany, and Dying., Toronto.Select residencies attended include; Biophony in Chelsea, Quebec, Awakening at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ON and the DVSA Advanced Studio Residency. Her research has been supported by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award, the President’s Graduate Scholarship, The Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarship, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Her work can be found in the permanent collections of ARTPOOL, Budapest, Hungary, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany, Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland, Museum Scholoss Mayland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, The Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa, The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The B. Davis Schwartz Library, Long Island University Post, New York, USA, The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland, The Fluxmuseum, St. Louis, MO, The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, The Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan, The Moscow Museum, Russia, The NYC MoMA, New York, USA, The Mumok, Vienna, Austria, The Musee de la Poste, Paris, France, The Waskomium, Burlington, VT, and in various private collections.