Claire Arctander


Claire is an artist in Chicago. Working across multiple mediums, she joyfully articulates conflicted feminist notions of desire and desirability. Arctander’s works refer to and respectfully pervert the aesthetics of varied creative contributions of women throughout American history, mining early feminist video art and 1890s ‘hidden mother’ portrait photography; drawing inspiration from mid-20th c. home crafting traditions and show magic assistance in the early 1900s. Via an investment in and respectful treatment of abject, lush materials and low-brow media outlets—such as pop music, home decor, porn, handicrafts, edibles, and consumer ephemera—she posits debasement as a viable position from which to critically operate. She works as a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and at Weinberg/Newton Gallery.




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