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Eternal Recurrence: The Art of Claudia Kleefeld

January 6, 2013 by Aparna Bakhle in Art with 0 Comments

Some years ago, California and New Mexico-based painter/photographer and performance artist Claudia Kleefeld began an all-encompassing investigation of the spiral and its ubiquitous presence in nature. Delving into science, mathematics, indigenous cultures and hermeticism, Kleefeld’s organic discoveries of the universality of the spiral’s form urge our own reconnection to source. Her aim of “causing a collective remembering of sacred and recurring forms” is steeped in the necessity of her own process around realizing how the spiral continually emerges within our universe. The history of the spiral and the ways in which the form affects our lives manifest in the paintings, drawings, book installation and found nature objects that comprise Patterns of Nature: The Spiral and Interconnectedness, her recent exhibition at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex.

Spiral Motion Universe. Oil on linen • 16 1/4 x 10 inches • 2011 • © Kleefeld 2012

Spiral Motion Universe. Oil on linen • 16 1/4 x 10 inches • 2011 • © Kleefeld 2012

Our own recession from this point that is called the center could benefit deeply from Kleefeld’s illuminating observations. After all, the universe, albeit mysterious, contains what some designate proof within axioms like “as above, so below.” Kleefeld incorporates this and other text within her works foregrounding how the abstraction of language also functions as enigma, a conceptual variant of the spiral form. A figurative painter employing Old Masters’ techniques for 30 years, Kleefeld arrived at the spiral as the most potent symbol for investigating the meaning of existence. Primarily concerned now with “unfolding energy,” Kleefeld mines nature’s patterns to understand her own meticulous process of embodying and representing the spiral.

diary of dead bones 1. Word Spiral written in reverse. Conte on paper • 22 1/2 x 30 inches • 2010 • © Kleefeld 2012

diary of dead bones 1. Word Spiral written in reverse. Conte on paper • 22 1/2 x 30 inches • 2010 • © Kleefeld 2012

Roping Tornado. Oil on linen • 10 x 16 1/4 inches • 2011 • © Kleefeld 2012

Roping Tornado. Oil on linen • 10 x 16 1/4 inches • 2011 • © Kleefeld 2012

Ring. Oil on linen • 34 x 22 inches • 2012 • © Kleefeld 2012

Ring. Oil on linen • 34 x 22 inches • 2012 • © Kleefeld 2012

Waterways to flooding sky. Oil on linen • 21 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches • 2012 • © Kleefeld 2012

Waterways to flooding sky. Oil on linen • 21 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches • 2012 • © Kleefeld 2012

Sunflower (double) Spiral. Oil on linen • 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches • 2011 • © Kleefeld 2012

Sunflower (double) Spiral. Oil on linen • 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches • 2011 • © Kleefeld 2012

Book Spiral. Books, floor to ceiling • 127 1/2 inches • 2012 • © Kleefeld 2012

Book Spiral. Books, floor to ceiling • 127 1/2 inches • 2012 • © Kleefeld 2012

About Aparna Bakhle

Aparna Bakhle-Ellis is a writer enthralled by the consonance and dissonance of ‘being’ in Los Angeles. L'écriture féminine, outsider art, and altered states of consciousness rank high among her myriad interests. She is also Fabrik’s Managing Editor. 

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