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 anotherplanet 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 tohow we exist currently on Earth as colonizers of physical territory and thedestroyers of the environment. Her objective is to aid in the development of thephilosophy, through painting, that the future on Earth, and in space, belongsto all beings.
Scherzinger is a visual artist and writer with a BFA in drawing and painting and creative writing from OCAD University. In the span of her short career as an emerging artist she has shown her work across Canada and internationally at the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) in Vancouver (BC), the Art Gallery of Mississauga (ON), the Varley Museum in Markham (ON), Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s (NL), Mulherin, Toronto (ON) and Mulherin, New York (NY). She was also a winner of the Royal Bank of Canada funded National Painting Prize (2015). Scherzinger lives and works in Victoria, BC, where she is pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts. You can find a recent interview discussing her work here.