Lucca Biennale Cartasia

Shedding Fear – Zofia Chamera

Country: USA

200x150x260 cm

The sculpture Shedding fear depicts a female body that is about to take a step forward in spite of being blindfolded: she is unaware of what lies in front of her, yet chooses to trust the unknown and to trust on her right foot, a symbol of courage, before she takes the step.
The floral dress is a tribute to the work The Waltz, by Camille Claudel, a figurative sculptor of the late Nineteenth Century. The artist's will is to explore the line where the anxiety of the future meets the ability to overcome that fear and take advantage of new opportunities: the message she wants to send is to inspire people to move forward with courage, seeking strength both within oneself and from those who have taken these steps before us.


Zofia Chamera (b. 1998) lives and works in Philadelphia. She earned her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020 and her MFA in Studio Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2022. Chamera’s foundation is in traditional mediums such as clay, wax, and bronze, however she recently began exploring handmade paper and how it can be applied to sculpture. Her work has been shown in the National Sculpture Society Gallery in Manhattan, New York as well as local galleries in Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA.