WK 10 – ARTIST CONVERSATION – Clare Samani

Exhibition Information

Artist: Clare Samani

Exhibition: Dressed
Media: Printmaking, clothes
Gallery: School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @clares_printing

Artist Information

Clare Samani is currently attending CSULB as senior who is earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. After attaining a Bachelor’s in printmaking, she wants to attend Louisiana State University for graduate school. In her free time, Clare likes to watch movies and hang out with friends. Ever since Clare was a child, she has always been interested and involved with art. Clare has been drawing ever since she was a little kid. Clare is also interest in fashion thus making her collaboration of both printmaking and fashion in her exhibit dressed.

Formal Analysis

Clare’s exhibit had a very abstract color and feel to it. You could obviously see that her exhibit involved pieces of clothing placed on backgrounds of different colors and patterns. The pieces of clothing involved include a button up, a dress, t-shirts, blouses, and skirts. Some of the backgrounds were checkered, polka dot, zig zag, floral, etc. patterns. The colors she used in her exhibit give more of a darker feel than a lighter feel. For example, one of her works was yellow but it wasn’t really that bright a yellow that gives a spring feeling. Some of her work, the piece of clothing appears to be in a lighter or white shade to contrast with a dark colored background. Other pieces of work matched their background color and almost blended in with the background.

Content Analysis

In her exhibit, Clare wanted to involve American fashion piece into her art because she was interested in it. She tried to focus on identity, pattern, and designs. Each piece of art is based on people and what color they wear often and how they dress. If there wasn’t a person to be inspired from for the art piece then the color and pattern would be derived from the piece of clothing itself. Clare wanted to demonstrate in her art exhibit how fashion is a way for a person to express themselves and it shows how a person wants to be viewed or how they view themselves.

Synthesis/ My Experience

I didn’t think that the meaning behind this art exhibit would be so deep. Clare was trying to show how fashion relates to how a person is seen and how they want others to see them. I honestly just like how the colors looked and how they contrasted with the clothing so you could clearly see the clothing and the background separate. I thought that they were just pretty to look at. The exhibit reminded me of my friend Pauline because I feel like she wears a lot or most of the pieces of clothing in the prints. I don’t think she particularly wears these exact colors though. Overall, I really liked the exhibits because the colors were cool even though I don’t wear any of the clothes except for maybe the button up.

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