Claire Fall Blanchette (b. 1994) is a multi-media artist based in Queens, New York. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in printmaking and history of art in 2016. In 2017, Claire was the recipient of the Reba Stewart – Genevieve McMillan Travel Fellowship, and was a 2018 artist-in-residence at Konstepidemin Arts Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her work has been shown recently at 440 Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Milcon Gallery (Boston, MA), Ejecta Projects (Carlisle, PA), SPACE Gallery (Portland, ME), Shoestring Press (Brooklyn, NY), and Konstepidemin Arts Center (Gothenburg, Sweden).
Considering history, nostalgia, and place, my studio practice examines the connection between personal experience and collective history. Referencing geological monuments and the maps that might lead to them, I strive to depict our attachments to landscape by extracting structures from the terrain to create new spaces and forms. Inspired by Ulrika Sparre and Steingrimur Eyejord’s text The Ley Line Project, the works in On a Ley Line consider the theory of the hypothetical magnetic pathways that link distant spaces and objects. Often associated with geological and ancient monuments, I am interested in how these unseen forces might connect us through space and time. If a place holds and emits energy, could it pull you there? Using a visual language built through mark making, I created 2D and 3D pieces through an intuitive process of layering and rubbing. These works reflect and connect to each other, the sculptures acting as a portal into the peculiar world of the etchings. Ultimately, this work is about relationships to place, whether intimate or distant, and reflects my fascination with how we connect with landscape throughout space and time.