Tempe Artist Clarita Lulić: 100 Creatives

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Josh Loeser
Meet artist Clarita Lulic.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 66. Clarita Lulić.

Clarita Lulić is a little all over the place.

The Tempe-based artist, who's originally from Newcastle, England, recently attended Pilchuck Glass School in Washington and caught up with Jackalope Ranch while visiting India to research the human hair industry and the production of human hair extensions.

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Clarita Lulić
Lulić's self portrait, Extension II, is from her "Complete Offer" series.
"I'm in Southern India right now and have donated my own hair (known as tonsuring) within a temple in Tirupati and visited a number of hair processing factories, making contacts and learning more about the industry," she says. "It's been a great trip so far even though I was pretty sick at first. Everything is great now, and I'm enjoying the curries (I am British after all) and I'm confident I know how to wear my saree corrrectly and not trip over it (thank you YouTube)."

She says she's working on formal portraits for a project called "Complete Offer" and beginning to explore human hair sculpturally, in addition to her ongoing project "Beholden," in which she photographs her husband Stephen. "Towards the end of this summer I'll be attending the Anderson Ranch for a workshop before heading back to Arizona to complete the final year of my MFA," Lulić says.

Soon after that, she'll exhibit work from her series "Seven Short One Long" as a large-scale installation in Oxford as part of the Photography Oxford Festival in September of 2014. "Also there's my thesis exhibition in Night Gallery May 2015!" she adds.

And she plans to pull from these international efforts when finalizing that show. "At this point I can say India has hugely inspired me with my thesis work, I have first hand experience of the process from start to finished product. It's important to me to fully undress... the origins of the the medium I'm choosing to work with."

We can't wait to see it all come together.

I came to Phoenix with a bunch of cameras, an exchange Visa, hiking books, my wedding dress (but not my fiancé) and 5 external hard drives.

I make art because I have something to say and a strong desire to share my personal experiences. I can definitely communicate more confidently through visual art than say writing or talking, and I take so much pleasure in making.

I'm most productive when I have a number of different projects on the go, I have to admit I have a short attention span so I like to switch between projects to keep thinking fresh and motivated.

Clarita Lulić
Lulić's portrait of her husband, Stephen with Bow, is part of her ongoing "Beholden" series.
My inspiration wall is full of... I don't have a wall, I've never really lived anywhere long enough to put things on a wall, and then how would I choose? I do have have workbooks filled with notes but I really my inspiration wall is floating in my head, I like to ride the bus or train to "zone out" and think about ideas, see what pops up.

I've learned most from making mistakes, and persistence. It took me nine years to navigate through a variety of undergraduate majors from medicinal chemistry, electronics, marine biology to find my place in art. I wouldn't change a thing, I make so many new mistakes all the time, I'd rather try something new out, fail, and learn. It may be a longer process but it sticks with you. I'd say trying new things is always the best way to learn.

Good work should always be honest, an experience, not just fill a gallery space but fill a heart or a mind of a person. It should inspire more good work.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more funding for grants for individual artists.

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2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

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