Bio: Claire Scherzinger depicts the uncanny through painting as a way of resisting systems of power and considering better ways to live within western civilization. Painting, in particular, has been her best tool to show this process since it has evolved continuously over the course of human history to challenge conceptions of reality while new information about the universe is discovered. Within this context, the question at the crux of her exploration asks whether it is possible to envision original life on another planet when current species on Earth are what inform our anthropocentric literature, art, and public knowledge of a being considered to be “alien." In this vein of exploration her process of world building in painting pushes forward current humanitarian debates by showcasing metaphors as to how we exist currently on Earth as colonizers of physical territory and the destroyers of the environment. Her objective is to aid in the development of the philosophy that the future on Earth, and in space, belongs to all beings.
Claire Scherzinger has a BFA in drawing and painting and creative writing from OCAD University and an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada and internationally in venues such as Mulherin Toronto and Mulherin New York; Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland, Forest City Gallery in London, ON, and she was a purchase prizewinner of the 2015 Royal Bank of Canada funded Painting Competition. Upcoming exhibitions include solo projects at YYZ in Toronto and the Varley Art Gallery in Markham, ON. She is also the host of the art podcast Overly Dedicated and is in the process of developing a new fictional series podcast titled ARCA-45672 with the support of the University of Victoria. She currently lives and works between Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC.
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