Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Artist: Clare Samani
Exhibition: Dressed
Media: Printmaking, Ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino
Website: N/A; No website
Instagram: @clares_printing

About the Artist

Clare Samani is an Undergraduate senior student, who is graduating this year. Furthermore, she is planning to go to graduate school next semester in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at LSU. As for the program, Clare is currently in the Printmaking BFA section. Besides art since it’s her main interest and focus, she likes to do “normal people” things being hanging out with friends and watching Netflix or movies. Moving on to the ideas of her work, her exhibition is all about identity, patterns, designs, and the American fashion line. Basically, fashion varies and there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Formal Analysis

From walking into Clare’s gallery, I immediately noticed the different types of clothing depicted on each frame. For the first row of pictures depicted below, there are constant lines along with jagged lines to give the clothing a sort of crumpled-up look. The colors seem to compliment each other with the reds of the roses and the white clothing or the white clothing with a blue background. As for the second row of pictures, the same concept is encompassed. However, the clothing piece in the middle has more patterns and designs that actually remind me of a clothing piece that I have that seems to be abstract. With the last row of pictures, I believe the clothing pieces are all about simplicity. I really love the middle picture with the thin dress because it caught my eye with the detail that makes it seem real as if I could actually wear it. The whole color scheme focuses on cool colors, as well as neutral and a little red in some pieces.

Content Analysis

All of her designs are mainly focused on printmaking art; however, she plans to transform her pieces in the future in order to achieve a look that isn’t only two dimensional. Clare has always been intrigued by fashion itself and takes interest in what people wear. Furthermore, her mind wanders to the ideals of Americana where fashion is so expansive with so many facets. Based off the various patterns and designs, she was inspired by people. For some, she uses the colors and pieces of clothing that people she knows wears and uses the colors that match with the person’s unique characteristics. However, the other clothing pieces just encompass the clothing material themselves if not related to people. Basically, the whole color scheme and pattern comes straight from the object itself, as well as the shades that go well with the piece.  For each and every piece, Clare used actual clothing for her prints to make it life sized. Additionally, she made the prints go through the press, impression with ink, and then peeled away the clothes to leave what is left in her gallery exhibition.

Synthesis / My Experience

Overall, I love how Clare depicted fashion itself in various forms. As she stated, paintings don’t really need direction; however, I believe her pieces encompassed what is or are American ideal clothing pieces. Clare’s ideas seem to share what seems to be simplicity in fashion and that’s definitely what I love. I really loved her two pieces that are in the middle for the second and last row because those are actually clothes that I would wear myself. Also, it really resonated with me how the patterns and blank backgrounds blended in well with the clothing pieces. If I was to relate these pieces to my life, I would like to say that my life is constant within every aspect. No matter what the pattern be, there are portions that are steady and straight, whether it be life or the portraits themselves.

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