“My artistic inspiration comes from the beauty in the everyday things I see and the balance and imbalance in the world.
I’ve always had such joy from noticing snippets of ‘unplanned’ beauty I come across, like strong light throwing deep shadows, reflections on water, super sharp architecture contrasting with the organic forms of nature, the list is endless. By noticing and photographing these things I’ve finely tuned my eye for composition and now my abstract work pulls together balance, colour and light to present that beauty without the constraints of typical physical form.”
Below are examples of Claire Burke’s stunning photographic references that she feels strongly inform her choices in the creation of new abstract pieces. When asked about how she interprets the inspiration and physically creates a new body of work she says:
“It usually starts with a leaning towards a particular landscape and/or colour palette I’ve been drawn to, and the early marks and layers are capturing that energy and the essence of what I want to convey. From there anything can happen: each time I return to the work I see it fresh and respond to what I like or dislike. Working in multiples has always been a theme because I learn across several pieces what's working best and do more of it. Sometimes it goes too far and the result is identical twins rather than siblings, then I have to make some dramatic changes. But the result is often a cohesive body of very satisfying abstracts with plenty of room for interpretation by the viewer, each of whom see the work differently.”
Claire also feels there may be future work with more social statement on the artistic horizon. Justice, fairness and a deep-seated sense of the need for equality are issues that arise frequently in her considerations. "The current work is about looking forward, enjoying tranquillity and achieving harmony despite clash, contrast and the difficulties of daily life. I could see this develop into more thought-provoking work tackling specific areas of injustice." she says.