About the Artist

Claire is a second-generation San Francisco printmaker. Growing up in the culture of the print shop, she developed a love of process and problem-solving, seductive materials, equipment and tools, and the camaraderie of making together. These early interests have translated into three interrelated branches of her practice: a socially engaged inquiry into human connections in shared space, a studio practice where printmaking, bookmaking, drawing and sculptural techniques meet this narrative social content, and a teaching practice designed to engage a new generation in the materiality and the diverse visual languages of art.
Claire, age 5
Claire, age 4, pulling a monotype in her dining room.
Claire self-portrait

"Place is latitudinal and longitudinal within the map of a person's life. It is temporal and spatial, personal and political. A layered location replete with human histories and memories, place has width as well as depth.

It is about connections, what surrounds it, what formed it, what happened there, what will happen there."

- Lucy Lippard,
The Lure of the Local

Claire, self-portrait.
My art practice examines the intersection where memory and the human landscape come together to define Place. Embracing the materiality of the handmade, I use the print, the book, text and drawing to explore ideas of memory and its failures, manifestations of home, and the human, social and personal histories that collectively make up my neighborhood. Sparked by a return to my childhood territory, this body of work has expanded to include multiple perspectives and public participation in combination with intimate engagement with my personal surroundings.
 
Beyond the quality of papers and the rattle of the archaic typewriter, my materials are the narratives that intersect here, the glimpses through neighbors’ windows, the visceral thrill of the wind when the fog pours in, the melancholic haunting of perpetual return. Using text in place of line to describe space and image, I am documenting, storing, retrieving, mapping, poeticizing and inventing, engaging with the width and the depth of Place.