Through exquisite paint manipulation that includes transparent layering, aggressive sanding and delicate impasto, Clare Grill executes romantic, filmy images that evoke memories of beliefs and stories handed down, held dearly, or sadly lost through the years. Rendered in a color palette that wavers between washed-out and burnt-in, Grill's paintings allude to the confusion, fear, obedience, and anxiety attached to discovering the world we inherit and the histories we are part of. In The Forest for the Trees, Grill encourages the viewer to see what’s familiar in all its complexity.
Clare Grill studied in St. Paul, MN and received her MFA from Pratt Institute. She has exhibited at venues including Edward Thorp, Jen Bekman and Caren Golden in New York, Rare Device in San Francisco, Roots and Culture in Chicago, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Islip Art Museum and the Bronx Museum. She has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, the Drawing Center's Viewing Program, Aljira's Emerge Program and the Vermont Studio Center’s residency program. Clare Grill lives and works in Queens.