My work in printmaking, alternative process photography and cut paper is concerned with the ways in which industrial processes, theories and terminology have shaped the North American landscape; both the physical world and the collective imagination.
Visually I am drawn to spaces that expose American dreams, desires, and hopes: industrial ruins, oversize discount stores, suburban developments, freeways–the hinterlands of American life. I photograph these spaces and rework the images, symbols and text I find through printmaking, digital drawing tools and paper sculpture. By rearranging and isolating these pervasive and seemly mundane images, I allow the viewer to question their assumptions about familiar spaces and recognize the strangeness of a landscape characterized by industrial dreams and boundless resources .
Clare Szydlowski was born in Buffalo, New York. As a teen, Clare moved to Orange County, California with her family. In 2006 she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Art with a focus in Printmaking. In 2009 she graduated from SF State University with an MFA in Printmaking. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and makes her work at Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco, writes for the quarterly art magazine Venison Magazine and teaches art full time at a Bay Area public high school.