A collection of larger works will be on view in Luke’s Frame Shop Gallery in the Albina location for the month of February.
Root’d: What medium/materials do you work with?
Claiborne: I work with acrylic, graphite, and pastels on raw cotton canvas or watercolor paper.
R: How long have you been “making”?
C: Ever since I could hold a pencil. I’ve been scribbling, scrawling, and making marks my entire life.
R: Where do you draw your greatest inspiration?
C: From nature. Being outside and active has always recharged my energies. It makes me feel connected to something bigger and gives me perspective. I love to observe nature through an artistic eye and imagine how I would paint and interpret different landscapes.
R: Who was your biggest supporter in starting out?
C: When I was young, my second-grade teacher told my parents not to ignore my creativity. Apparently, I was really good at drawing trees. Since then, my parents have wholeheartedly supported me and never questioned my artistic path. In my adult life, my partner has always made a point to prioritize my career in arts. He’s my No. 1 Fanboy, and it’s honestly amazing to have that shared goal as we continue to build our lives together.
R: What would be your suggestion for someone stuck in a creative rut?
C: Go outside, take a walk around the block and change your perspective. Then get back in the studio, chair, whatever and make something. Even if it’s terrible, make it and move on.
R: What’s your favorite part about doing what you do?
C: I’m always learning something new or improving a skill. I feel like a detective honing in on a craft. I also get to spend a lot of time with myself. I love being independent and self-sufficient. It requires a lot of self-awareness – it’s as much a challenge as it is a reward, but it’s worth it.
R: How do you best stay focused on goals for your company?
C: I’ve started setting short and long-term goals and check in with myself often. Writing it down makes it real and something concrete to plan towards. I love checking off boxes or scratching through something when I am finished. It’s silly, but it gives a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to do more and more.
R: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, share a photo with us!
C: Right now I really like this 30” x 30” piece I named Black Tupelo. The black has a lot of depth, and I love how it is offset with the burnt umber color. Even though there is strong darkness, it still feels joyful. I really like the interplay between opposites and how they complement one another.
Selected work is on view and for sale at the newly opened Bedizen in Portland, Oregon. This curated store has delicious home goods, plants and artwork from local makers. I am excited to be included on their roster.
I will be having a solo show there for in January 2019. Mark your calendars for the opening party/reception:
Friday, January 4 from 6 - 9
1015 E. Burnside
Not your white cube show. Going beyond the canvas to re-imagine the gallery space.
September 14 - October 8
1122 SE 88th Ave
1122 is a community art gallery located in a garage in the Montavilla neighborhood.
Let's keep the ball rolling. In September I am starting my journey with THRIVE Art Studio through their Mastermind program. I am beyond stoked on their empowerment for femme artist that hustle and are boss-ass ladies.
THRIVE Mastermind is a community of visual artists who meet monthly and provide each other with support, accountability, and motivation.
Applications are still open check it out.
Park City, take me home. Going to my old stomping grounds for a weekend of fun at my favorite store Root'd on Main. Lots of little + medium and some big works for sale.
Mark your calendars Beehive State
Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 19
Astral Wash will be featured in the Group Show Drink Me at H Gallery in Ventura California from August 4 - September 22, 2018.
Opening Reception | Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 6-8p | RSVP
Dab Art is pleased to present DRINK ME at H Gallery in midtown Ventura.
DRINK ME is a clear departure from the painterly experience of archetypal art exhibits. This collection of artworks challenges the primary concept of representational realism.
Is the world we see around us the real world itself or merely an internal perceptual copy of that world? This conceptual exhibit uses 2D, 3D, stationary and interactive art to explore this question.
In 1929, Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte famously demonstrated the philosophical position that our conscious experience is not of the real world itself, but simply an internal representation. His work, THIS IS NOT A PIPE was a clever way to protest the conventional art ideals at the time.
The painting is a pipe and below it, Magritte painted, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe.", French for "This is not a pipe." Highly criticized by the oppressive rationalists of the time Magritte memorably wrote about his piece;
The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe', I'd have been lying!
Similar to René Magritte, the artists featured in DRINK ME explore the notion of indirect or representational realism through their selected mediums. Their tangible interpretations of sensory input are fulfilled in works of installation, ceramic, photography, assemblage, oil paintings and mixed media.
ideals or art at the time.
Containing playful or darkly humorous overtones these works provoke conversation and reflection from the audience. By inviting viewer participation and interaction DRINK ME changes the overall viewer experience.
Artists on Exhibit:
Hilary Maslon | Laila Weeks | David Bender | Kim Anderson | Maryann Steinert-Foley | Derek Cracco | Susan Melly | Jordan Thornton | Claiborne Colombo | So Yoon Kim | Madeline Walker | Zara Monet Feeney | Meganne Rosen | Matt Hall | Kenneth Arguinzoni | Kayo Albert | Mitch Greer | Sayak Mitra | Annette Huelly
Curated by Yessíca Torres
Krk-rk from my paper series from Banff along with some prose is featured in Issue 6: M O V E M E N T. Magazines hit the shelves July 5, 2018.