Claire Colette "small moves in strange rooms"
San Francisco artist Claire Colette continues working with her chosen medium, graphite on paper, in small moves in strange rooms, using her tight line work and geometric shapes to explore the impact of space from a concrete and interpretive perspective. Relating her methodical line work to wavelengths of sound, she establishes parameters for the drawings, building them out through the repetition of lines that resonate like an echo.
This idea is carried over in Speaking softly towards an intimate immensity, a collaborative audio and visual installation between Claire Colette and Sean Smith. The piece will rely on the participation of the audience in the room, recording and creating generative sounds within the space. An extension to the drawings presented in the main space, the work explores the experience of intimate places, both externally and internally.
Colette often works at this intersection of phenomenological and personal experience. That is, the physical embodiment of space–its textures, shapes and colors–as well as the psychic impressions that accumulate as attachments and associations when dwelling in a space, giving a place its sense of character.
The show’s title, small moves in strange rooms, evokes the artist’s practice, a solitary and meditative experience, directly linked to its place of creation by way of the time spent, and impressions accumulated, during the process of her drawing.