Visual Arts Theatre


The influence of landscape and flowers with painterly abstraction.

Claire Barnett's paintings are visceral and consist of layers of paint, glue, inks and other materials, such as honeycomb and lace. She experiments with materials to create tactile, undulating surfaces. She gravitate to the land, and natural forms, particularly structures, which are often imbued with a sense of metamorphic meaning. Sometimes these will be enlarged or highlighted so that the esoteric and elemental force within is captured. Claire appreciates the difficulty of painting and the complex maneuvers it gives the hand, eye and heart, and is particularly interested space and the diversity of its surface. She is intensely aware of the activity of seeing, especially the gaps between seeing and making. It is this cerebral space, this gap between looking, thinking and feeling that she wants to give agency to.

Free entry during normal building opening hours.