Clarina Bezzola was born in Switzerland and lives and works in New York. Clarina is a performance artist, sculptor, painter and trained opera singer whose work explores contemporary sculpture and the delicate psychological boundaries between the self and the society.
The artist has already showcased her works internationally, for instance at Times Square.
In Times Square a white van pulled up across the street from Duffy Square, at 47th Street and 7th Avenue. A few men, accompanied by police officers, swung open its back doors, revealing inside a gigantic sculpture of a forearm, its fingers tipped with long red nails. They gingerly pulled it out and placed it on the sidewalk.
A woman appeared, wearing a red dress, with a wide hem, and bulky, fake, tan breasts covering most of her chest. There were teeth, also fake, in between those breasts: a mammary dentata of sorts. The woman was Clarina Bezzola performing a work called When I Walk Alone in the Streets.
The men, a few in clean white suits, strapped the long sculpture to Ms. Bezzola’s back, and a crowd began to gather around the scene, following her as she walked north. Small wheels hidden beneath the red nails kept the sculpture aloft, but it glided back and forth, and the men had to direct it around people and lampposts and trashcans.
After walking about half a block, one of the nails popped off the prosthetic, and Ms. Bezzola came to a halt at the corner of 47th and 7th, which was just as well, since it was beginning to rain. “I can’t believe I broke a nail!” Ms. Bezzola told the crowd, laughing. The crowd milled about. Tourists posed near the artist for photographs.
As an assistant went to fetch tape for the broken nail, Austrian Cultural Forum director Andreas Stadler popped open a clear umbrella printed with the “I [Heart] NY” logo, shielding the artist from the rain. Once the nail was repaired, the artist set off again, not toward the Austrian Cultural Forum, a few blocks away, which had been the stated plan for the piece, but across the street, toward Duffy Square, by the TKTS bleachers.
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