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For anyone who observes a piece of art and wonders what it says, now you can truly listen. This Tuesday, art will speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder when the school’s Visiting Artist Series, one of the oldest lecture series in the nation, presents British native Clare Twomey.

This smart and savvy Brit’s artistic focus is on sculpture, site-specific works and large-scale installations; her works speak for themselves. On this occasion, however, Twomey will present a slide lecture that explores the process and theory behind her creations, including her installation at the Ceramic Biennial in Korea, Consciousness/Conscience. It was there that she created 3,000 units of porcelain to serve as a floor, with the intention of having it crushed by the weight of its viewers. As participants observed her creation in progress, their footsteps assisted in the final destruction of the piece. “I never knew an artist who built something just to be crushed by the audience,” says Valerie Albicker of CU’s Center for Humanities and the Arts.

In separate installations, Twomey filled the Cast Courts of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with 4,000 tiny clay birds and expanded the imagination by dispersing thousands of unfired handmade flowers throughout an Eden-like walkway. Twomey manifests a visual experience for the viewer based on both human interactions and political behavior. Her creations are a treat for the eyes, and her visions provide substance for a lecture that will not disappoint.

Twomey speaks today at 7 p.m. in Fleming Law Building, room 155, on the CU campus; the lecture is free and open to the public. Call Albicker at 303-492-2539 for information.
Tue., Nov. 11, 7 p.m., 2008

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