Claire Putney

Putney_Inventor's Wake #305(study)_12x12_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake #305(study)_12x12_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake #202(study)_12x12_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake #202(study)_12x12_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake 108B_72x72_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake 108B_72x72_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake #212 (study)_12x12_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake #212 (study)_12x12_2017
Putney_Inventor's Wake #305_72x72_2021 copy
Putney_Inventor's Wake #305_72x72_2021 copy
Putney_Inventor's Wake #202_72x40_2021
Putney_Inventor's Wake #202_72x40_2021
Inventor's Wake #212, graphite ink burning on paper, 72x34 inches
Inventor's Wake #212, graphite ink burning on paper, 72x34 inches
Inventor's Wake #216C (study), ink on mylar & burning on paper, 11x11inches
Inventor's Wake #216C (study), ink on mylar & burning on paper, 11x11inches
Inventor's Wake #108B (study),ink on mylar & burning on paper, 11x11inches
Inventor's Wake #108B (study),ink on mylar & burning on paper, 11x11inches
Inventor's Wake #302, graphite & burning on paper, 72x44 inches
Inventor's Wake #302, graphite & burning on paper, 72x44 inches

THE INVENTOR’S WAKE

  

I come from a world of maps, mountains, and cross-country road-trips. My grandfather made maps, my mother followed them, and now they have been passed on to me. It is the space between a map and the location it describes that interests me most, where the identifications and connotations of a place are lost. 

 

The relationship between human experience and geography is the focus of much of my work. Together, they form an intriguing narrative that gives evidence to one’s physical and emotional connection with a place and the histories that are created there.  

 

Direct observation is at the core of my practice, whether creating prints, sculptural objects, or drawings. I record my initial observations of a location through sketches, photo documentation, and personal dialogues. Maps, charts, and diagrams are often combined with site-specific imagery to create works that express the affective bond between people and place. 

 

Claire L Putney