This body of work explores issues of conscious and unconscious thought. These paintings are fragments of dreams and nightmares in all of their bizarre, precise yet hazy, familiar yet unfamiliar, details which simultaneously confirm and contradict everything they present. Sharp juxtaposition between the mundane and the grotesque, and between order and chaos are present. Writing becomes messy and unreadable; text becomes scribbling, calligraphy and ?criture. Thoughts and emotions are transformed into spontaneous gestures. Surprisingly enough, the resulting paintings are not angry or violent -- they are calm, simple, and playful.
Biography: Clare Parkinson graduated from The University of the South in 2004 with a B.A. in Studio Art and a concentration in painting. Clare was the 2004 recipient of the John McCrady Memorial Prize for artistic excellence at the University of the South. She also received the Rhode Island School of Design Art Award in 2000 while at Collegiate School. Clare is currently a teacher at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia. She is also working on an MLA in Art in Western Culture from the University of Richmond. EXHIBITIONS 2005 Group Exhibition curated by Becky Jessee, Richmond, VA 2005 Solo Exhibition, Collegiate School, Richmond, VA 2004 Identity, University Gallery, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 2003 duPont Library, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 2002 Carnegie Hall, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 2001 The Bishop’s Common, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 2000 The Parent’s Gallery, Collegiate School, Richmond, VA
Country: United States
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