Updated: May 17, 2022
Works by Claire Kennedy
May 6-June 25, 2022
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Artist Talk on Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m.
In these arrangements I aim to break away from taught boundaries in regards to physical space and expectations of familiar materials. I am creating my own language by mediating found and fabricated objects, then placing them strategically to converse with each other and the viewer. My offhand mode of working often involves removing the rectangular substrate that is ubiquitous in traditional painting, and instead responding to the architectural components of a given space. Within these works, I use repeated motifs such as stars, dots, and sprinkles as an exploration of decoration and accumulation. While I believe my use of bright, and often hyper saccharine colors invites the viewer into the work, the transformation of materials also asks open ended questions. Like poetry, thoughts and spaces between moments are fragmented, creating opportunities for curiosity.
Claire Kennedy is a multidisciplinary artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texasin May 2022, and her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati in 2018. Claire has taught courses in the Foundations department and Drawing & Painting department in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, and she looks forward to continuing a career of collegiate art education. As a new Texas resident, she is excited to continue expanding her community in Denton. Claire looks forward to future possibilities with her studio practice, as she believes in conducting a process that is ever changing. Artist Statement In my work, I create collections of small objects from a variety of materials and curate them into a larger composition in space. These objects are made from clay, wood, paint, sand, beads, cardboard, paper, yarn, tape, and other materials. I arrange these objects into a composition that is informed by painting. Often this manifests as the wall and floor serving as substrate, along with vinyl shapes or paint marks delineating areas of the painting as a whole.