Today I wanted to share with you a post on the talented artist Clare Grill. I have been a fan of her paintings for a few years now. The sense of nostalgia and memory in her work really appeals to me. Clare has been kind enough to answer some questions about herself and her work. I hope you enjoy learning more about her as much as I have!
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and have lived in NYC for the past 9 years. I moved here to go to grad school at Pratt and have been here ever since.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
I'm from a family of 5 kids, all really close in age, and have an extended family of I believe 137. Huge Catholic families on both sides. I've moved away, but family and home are on my mind, always have been. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my generation’s relationship to a sense of tradition and place. We all come from somewhere – a room that has smells in the couches and carpets, little tears in the wallpapers, cracks in floorboards, scars on the oven. We grew up and we moved away from these places. And the farther away we get, the more urgent it seems to wonder and learn about where and from whom we come. So we knit, we sew, we cook, we plant, we brew, we bake, we make pinch pots and pies. We do things that mean we live somewhere. My generation is rediscovering a sense of place through handmade, domestic traditions. We are re-rooting through making. I too want to make something both traditional and brand new. So I paint.
I find inspiration all over the place! In my things, in my ancestors and their things, their clothes, their stories, in houses, in songs, on the radio, in art, in paintings, in how oil paint can at once be glass and smoke and wax and leather and yarn.
How do you stay creative?
I just live my life. But I'm not always creative! This is why sometimes I just wait and look and stretch linen and think and look and wait some more. Patience seems to me really important in a studio. And I go to the museum!
Get a studio space and be in it a lot. Also take a day off. Make what you love to make and don't think while you're making it.
What are your goals this year?
To make the best paintings I've ever made! To go somewhere I've never been. To knit myself a sweater.What is your favorite food?