Linda Klarfeld: an artist whose sculptures engage the emotions

03/01/2014

Catholic Outlook December 2013/January 2014 Linda Klarfeld Story
Artist Linda Klarfeld sculpting the Sanhedrin relief.

By Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook, December 2013/January 2014

One of the major projects planned for the adornment of St Patrick’s Cathedral precinct as part of Project Ten is a bronze statue of Blessed John Paul II.

Australian artist Linda Klarfeld, whose portfolio includes numerous works of art on religious themes, has been given the commission. 

It was shortly after the unveiling of her sculpture of St Marcellin Champagnat at Parramatta Marist High at Westmead that Linda was approached by the Diocese to submit a design for the statue.

Her other work includes sculptures of St Mary MacKillop (North Sydney), St Jude (Karrakatta, WA), St Catherine of Sienna (Canberra) Mater Dei (Camden) and the Risen Christ (Botany).

Born in Czechoslovakia, Linda moved to Australia at the age of four with her family. She welcomes the opportunity to work with Blessed John Paul II as the subject as she respects his work in establishing World Youth Day and his impending canonisation.

“My parents always admired him for his lifelong fight against oppression under communism,” she said.

Linda said it was always clear to her that life as an artist was her calling. At the age of 14 she was inspired by Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker, which convinced her that sculpting was the medium for her natural talent.

“I had a talent for art at an early age, which my parents and teachers supported. After graduating high school I studied in Europe and the US. I am a very focused person and while there were many obstacles, I always knew where I was headed.”

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