Claire Lambe, Midas, 2016 (detail)
I am currently spending a year in Berlin as the partner of a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (WIKO) - an institute for advanced study and research. While here I am working on developing a body of work about where I am. As such, I am taking cues from my surroundings, therefore everyone I meet, every object, work of art, tree, and piece of the city is clamoring to be included - whether they know it or not. But also I am very much preoccupied with the state of the world and the polarization of people, most evident in the USA and in the UK, both of which have endured "upset" referenda and the rise of populist "strong men." It is not lost on me that I am living in the center, the locus, of the most astonishing and tragic events of the 20th century precided over by a former-day "strong man." If, and how, these current and past events leak into the work remains to be seen. At the time of writing, the work is still at the drawing and percolating stage - from a process POV, I am envisioning it as works on paper in graphite and watercolor. That may change. I am scheduled to have an exhibition with another artist partner in June 2017.
For statements about my other art work, including my portraits (Gallery 2), please see the menu above - most items have a drop-down menu that will bring you to the appropriate portfolio.
Claire Lambe is a multidisciplinary artist, a writer, educator, and theater designer. Born in southern Ireland, she began her formal art education at age 17 at the Crawford School of Art in the Irish city of Cork. She transferred to Ireland's premiere art school, the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), in Dublin on a full scholarship earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree (print-making) and a post-graduate Diploma in Art Education. Later she earned a Master of Fine Art (painting) from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College.
Claire and her husband, author and playwright Carey Harrison, although based in the legendary arts colony town of Woodstock in upstate New York, are currently spending a year in Berlin. In addition to working at her art-making, Claire writes commentary in the art section of Roll, an on-line arts magazine serving the Hudson Valley, and she is an instructor at the historic Woodstock School of Art.
Following is a note on her current work-in-progress. Statements about her other work can be found on the title page of each gallery. For her Curriculum Vitae (CV), please go to the drop-down menu under the "About" tab. For a more comprehensive bio of Claire Lambe, see this profile from the Almanac Weekly.
"Claire Lambe's accomplished oil and acrylic portraits are a reminder that this most traditional of genres still has relevance today." Lynn Wood of the Kingston Times. (See full review after the text below)