Clare Finin

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Artist Statement

I am curious about the ephemeral nature of memories and the power they
seemingly have over us. How can objects from our childhood still overwhelm us as adults? How do they trigger the strong memories we have left of interactions, people, and events in our lives.

I work with family heirlooms, personal keepsakes, and found objects that activate a familiar feeling. I try to create representations of the memories that surround these objects and give a physical presence to these memory traces from childhood. I utilize the physical act of making as a form of remembering through employing traditional domestic techniques that were once commonplace in my family. Rope making, embroidery, and lace tatting help me remember and feel connected to my childhood and family that I have lost.  Like Victorian sentimental and mourning jewelry, I use my own hair as a material in my work.  It is with my hair that I become physically tied to those recollections I mourn.

 

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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Champaign IL USA
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Studio
I am a .... Example: Student, Maker, Educator, etc.
Student, Studio Artist, Metalsmith
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http://clarefinin.com

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At 2:30pm on February 25, 2014, Glen Guarino said…

Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream.

Please take a look at the call & we hope you will consider emailing a submission

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream

 

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Glen & Marie

At 12:45pm on August 31, 2012, Liz Steiner said…

Hey Claire! Great to hear from you and great to see your work! Have a great semester and let me know how the grad school search goes! Keep in touch!

 
 
 

Rule the World!

Crafthaus Online Exhibition

RULE THE WORLD

Friends of Carlotta Gallery, Zuerich, Switzerland

What are the adornments of dictators, despots, and the plain delusional? What do they need in order to let their real personalities shine through? What tools do tyrants have to show that they are in charge? See for yourself!

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Grandpa Wooley, "LOOK", Brooch
Internet photocopy of Gerard Depardieu and Vladimir Putin. Plexiglas, fabric, imitation leather, yarn, wood, silver brooch.

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steel, cotton, embroidery floss, threadnecklace inspired by the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY -where I got married.
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