Z. Lober is a sculptress and performance artist who creates work addressing the weight of time’s passing, often ignored or feared while one is still living. Z’s own personal experiences of loss entirely influences her artwork and how it is produced. She uses her art making to come to terms with a society that teaches one to constantly deny temporality. By letting her artworks disintegrate during the process of making them, she rejects the assumed importance in a finished object as artwork. The foundation in which she makes her art comes from her belief that the movement of an emotion or an idea ends when the object produced from this movement is completed.

There is beauty that can be found from experiencing another’s death or in experiencing the slow loss of one’s own body that allows an appreciation for the time we are all currently able to exist in as we are now. I hope to show what is left behind after my process of art making, so that I might possibly allow for a space in which that beauty can emerge in other people’s minds.
     I have been making a series of clay paintings to help me process the intense emotions and images that have been unsettling my mind since my biggest loss, almost two years ago. My rules for making each one of these has given me a structure in art making that I had previously been unable to grasp after this loss. Each one of these pieces begins with a performance that includes roughly a yard of raw canvas, 25 pounds of clay, and my feet working the clay onto the canvas for thirty minutes. Once this clay is dry, I proceed to pour black paint over the clay and peel it all off once the paint is dried, leaving behind the outlines of where the clay once was, outlined in black.

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