My paintings examine the difficulty of seeing someone, seeing oneself, and being seen. The subjects are unaware of being watched and are dreamy, thoughtful, individual and self-sufficient. They are also sporty and strong while their feminine hair alludes to their imminent sexuality and power.
Unlike typical portraiture, the view is from the back leaving space for multiple interpretations. Each scene looks into itself and creates an inner life for the painting, therefore, the sitter's identity and thoughts become the result of the viewer's interpretation. Clothing and environment are often simple, but have motifs or colors that contribute to the narrative. A dominant element in the painting is the hair which is either tangled, knotted or silky and becomes a seductive element that creates psychological metaphors.
The actual making of the images is the result of tenacious observation and is developed over a long period of time.
Claire McConaughy is a painter in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA From Columbia University and her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Solo exhibitions include: Art Resources Transfer; Carol Schlosberg Gallery at Montserrat College Art Gallery; and The Deutsche Bank Gallery.
She has had numerous group exhibitions including: Against the Tide, Two Coats of Paint.com, online exhibition curated by Sharon Butler; Portraits, Storefront Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY; Twice Born: Beauty, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, curated by Shelley Bancroft, Boston, MA and Selections 45, The Drawing Center, New York, NY.And she has received several awards including the Artists Space Independent Project Grant, Ucross Foundation Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute Artist’s Relief Residency, Roswell Artist in Residence Grant, Mid-Atlantic/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship finalist works on paper.