Artist: Clare Samani
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Clare Samani is currently working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. She enjoys printmaking and exploring the connection between people and their clothing.
In the artist’s work, there are pieces of clothing printed onto a background of varying colors and prints. The colors seen in the exhibit include blue, red, yellow, green, and other non-primary colors such as grey and dark blue. The prints the artist created vary from florals to zig-zags to embroidered/textured. There are also checkers, plaid, and simply solid color backgrounds to go with the varying articles of clothing. The exhibit consisted of women’s dresses, blouses, a bathing suit, and a shirt piece which the artist described as androgynous.
Through this exhibit, the artist wanted to explore identities, clothes, and people and how they were all connected. She explained clothes can be archetypes and they have a language that we speak by putting on a certain dress or shirt.
The patterns, colors, and prints all complete the portraits of each person represented in the pieces. Moreover, the pieces are models of expressions of each person. The colors chosen were because the artist like them but they reminded her of each person who the clothing belonged to.
Synthesis / My Experience
I liked this artist’s work because it was different from other art that I have seen before. The images were like floating silhouettes and I was drawn closer to examine what they were. I had no idea that each piece represented a person until the artist explained but I did understand that each piece had its own “personality.” They were all different but connected somehow similar to humans.
I also really liked how the artist chose different patterns and prints for the backgrounds. They really helped to bring the subject’s identity to life, so to speak. Through the detail, color scheme, and clothing piece presented, I understood what the artist meant about clothing language.