Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison – MFA
“I tell stories about women, inspired by paintings, photographs, magazines, posters, YouTube clips, literature, performance and plays. My paintings are like episodes in an unconventional romantic comedy with myself cast as the heroine, writer and director. The scenes depict my fantasies and secret desires. They explore the act of watching and being watched and blur fiction with reality.
The paintings are constructed like Victorian photocollages. Placed in a new space, the appropriated images are transformed. The settings are skewed, tipped and condensed. The linear perspective of in-person observation is abandoned.
My work mythologizes and deconstructs mediated images of women. I am interested in how femininity is portrayed. The historical, folkloric, and contemporary female characters of my paintings act as both subject and viewer. My work has no heroines or victims. Rather, it indulges in the gratuitous pleasures of youth, beauty, sex, and fantasy.
Claire Stigliani received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2010. She as recently helped organize the drawing symposium DRAW2014:WHY Draw Now? at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a consultant with the Disney Haptics research group. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, (WI), The Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, (WI), RussellProjects, Richmond (VA), and the Jenkins Johnson Gallery (NY).