Artist Statement

Artist Statement for Clare Carpenter: I currently work from my home studio in St. Johns, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon where the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers converge. My appreciation for this area shows in my work, since we’re situated not as near the city center as we are to wetlands and forests surrounded by industry and the vestiges of the blue-collar town Portland used to be. My work is heavily influenced by place and how our landscape is imbued with personal histories. I use a letterpress as a tool for printmaking and illustration, blending traditional and contemporary print methods to express appreciation for the natural world in which I love to explore. Themes of folklore and conservation both inhabit my work, and I hope that through it narratives emerge.

Clare Carpenter's Submissions