Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Exhibition Information

Artist: Clare Samani
Exhibition: Dressed
Media: Print, clothing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a
Instagram: @clares_printing

About the Artist

Clare Samani is an Undergraduate student in the Printmaking Program in the CSULB School or Art. She is also a Senior who is graduating this semester. When asked about getting her Graduate Degree, Clare Samani replied that has already thought about going graduate school and even plans on going to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for her Graduate Degree. She also adds that she had an interest in LSU because of its good print program.

Besides art, Clare Samani also has an interest in movies, but really art takes the majority of Clare’s free time as well. She took a printmaking class 4-5 years ago and just fell in love with it. Clare is most passionate about printmaking, but she has also thought about doing other things. Clare Samani has thought about doing something that isn’t 2D.

When she was younger, you could always find Clare Samani drawing. She says that her dad was doodling when she was younger. Clare explains, “You don’t need direction” when it comes to art. Anyone can pick up a pencil or paintbrush and just start.

Clare Samani is also intrigued by fashion, hence her exhibition Dressed.

Formal Analysis

The media used in Clare Samani’s work were clothing. By the look of the exhibition, I thought she used darker colors more often than lighter colors. There were some pieces that had more vibrant colors. There are jagged lines in the pieces because pieces of clothing were used. There were pieces that had patterns included and those were flowers, chevron, or a checkered pattern, so there was a mix of straight and curved lines in her pieces.

The colors of the clothing against the background was usually very contrasting. For example, one piece had a black background while the clothing was white or another piece where the background was a bright yellow but the clothing was a dark brown.

Content Analysis

Clare Samani’s exhibition was focused on identity, pattern and design. She wanted to incorporate American fashion into her pieces as there are many facets in fashion and because she was interested in fashion. Clare Samani also created each piece based on people and how they dressed, the colors they usually wore and so on. If there wasn’t a person connected to a piece, the patterns and colors would be inspired from the object itself. She also states that “fashion is a form of communication that all humans speak.” With identity, Clare Samani explains that fashion is a way in which people express themselves, whether that be how a person sees themselves or how they want to be seen.

Clare Samani wanted to explore the idea of fashion and how it intertwines people and clothing.

Synthesis / My Experience

When looking through this exhibition, I originally thought that the artist had spent a tremendous amount of time painting each individual piece realistically, but after finding out that she had printed over them and the result were these pieces I was amazed. I was only thinking of one way to achieve such a result, but I would have never thought of actually using an article of clothing itself to produce such an outcome.

As for the idea of fashion, I am by no means a fashionable person. I have friend who are, but not me. I tend to be the type of person who would dress comfortably in jeans and a hoodie, but there are those few times when I do want to get dressed up. The only difference is that my idea of getting “dressed up” might be different than another person’s. My idea of getting “dressed up” might be another person’s idea of “casual wear” or “normal clothes.” The only time I thought about getting “dressed up” and it being the same as another person was  when dresses were involved, ie. prom, formal, weddings, etc. I do think fashion/style is an expression of a person.

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