on sabbatical spring 2017
Clara Lieu is a Critic in the Division of Foundation Studies. In the past
she has taught at Wellesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, the RISD Illustration
department, and the RISD Printmaking department. For four years she was the
Director of the Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College.
Her work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York,
Bromfield Gallery, the Currier Museum of Art, the Davis Museum and Cultural
Center, the RISD Museum of Art, the Herter Gallery at University of
Massachusetts Amherst, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts,
and the Danforth Museum of Art. Lieu earned her BFA in Illustration in 1998
from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed her MFA in Sculpture
at the New York Academy of Art.
Academic research/ areas of interest
I explore themes of mental illness with an interdisciplinary approach which includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media. I am obsessed with the human face and its infinite capacity for extremes of emotional expression. My current project "Falling" is a visualization of personal experience with depression and anxiety articulated through fifty self-portrait drawings and fifty self-portrait sculptures.