Claire Whitehurst

Region: Midwest

Website: http://www.clairewhitehurst.com

City / State: Iowa City, IA

Suspended between recognizable forms and dreamt abstraction, my paintings rely on their physical surface to anchor themselves within a larger structure of color, texture, and symbol. Motifs often repeat, reflecting as mirages of themselves, tracing a bumpy line connecting the work and the images within it. The surfaces inform the images—leaving room for autonomy within the paintings, as if they’ve constructed themselves. I’m interested in the parallels between physical material and a sense of clarity and misunderstanding. I am engaged in that cloudy and lofted space where referential logic and reflective ideas conjoin. The possibility for an image to simultaneously confound and describe is what I ask of these images.