Meeting Claire Whitehurst is an exotic and unforeseen experience, always. Perhaps she was your counselor at summer camp or you bumped into her painting seascapes during her stint in Australia. Wherever you run into her, Claire's delicate face laughs and rummages for more jokes. The lightness of her presence draws everyone toward her, and in the dark of the hallway, your less detail-oriented friend will probably lean over and ask, "Dude, why is Amy Adams at this party?"---the likeness is uncanny.
Claire's effervescent aura is demonstrative of her creative success in the studio. For her, being an artist is a life practice. She takes lessons on forms from her surroundings, and, in her paintings, she activates the lost jewel of motion. Her self portraits tackle the serious task of being simple, honest, and unnerving, while her landscapes are nostalgic of a romantic era, when life's scenes were idyllic. In her more abstract work, she twists symbols and color in new ways, causing startling realizations based on the juxtapositions of these symbols. Color seems to imbricate emotion, and the thick strokes in her oil paintings convey sensuality in its most heated state. Claire's many years spent holding a paintbrush seem to have resulted in the bloom of a deeply mature artist, and Ko'ox Boon is very proud to call her a 50//50 Fine Art Auction participant.
Sitting down with Claire Whitehurst:
One road to drive down forever: The Great Ocean Road
Favorite Jackson restaurant? Saigon annnnnnd High Noon! I love their half and half tea and soups.
A metaphor for how you feel on Friday afternoons: the Same way as when you can smell the seasons changing
Your favorite art projects as a kid: I liked making dioramas for stuffed animals and drawing horses.
Beer or wine? Yes please
Name one experience that impacted you tangibly to become who you are today. I remember the first time I really perceived the moon. You know... That's a ball and I'm on a ball and there are other balls out there. It freaked me out in a good way. I think about it a lot.
If you were to anamorph… Pegasus
What triggers your “aha” moment? Listening to other people and changing perspective. Coffee also helps
Immediately when waking up in the morning, you... Kick my covers around and roll up into a cocoon. Then give myself a pep talk
Who is your greatest role model/person that you would like to emulate? I have a lot of role models, but if I had to pick someone ... A mix of Amy Sedaris and Amy Poehler and Carmella Soprano. Also a lot of role models in my family.
How do you feel about the creative economy of Jackson? I think there are great steps being taken by a lot of talented and bright people. I'm glad I get to call them my friends.
For you, what does the 50//50 project mean? I think it's all about coming together and sharing cultural experiences. Connecting the community through the arts.
If you could breathe underwater, you would build a house made of glass down there.
We welcome Claire to the Ko'ox Boon team, and we look forward to sharing her art with you! You may contact Claire about information regarding her art at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.clairewhitehurst.com.