By Claudia Capri.
The need to paint human beings stems from the loss, abandonment and rejections that have permeated my entire life. If you cannot see the people who are no longer with you in your life paint them instead. As a daughter of an obstetrician, I was always fascinated by birth, sexuality and reproduction. When I was a child I loved looking at new-born babies in the ward. Having experienced a lot of sexual trauma since childhood, for me, painting the nude figure is the only way I found that helps me deal with these traumas and fear of intimacy that is linked to being abandoned and rejected by loved ones. I make art mainly to express my emotions. I get angry at people sometimes and when I am angry I take a brush and make strong movements on paper or canvas to release all the bottled up anger that I feel. Going outside in nature and painting the landscape is a way of capturing the beauty of simple things and turning them into beautiful colours and structures. I spend a lot of time in a world devoid of creativity, beauty and expression and art is an outlet for me to feel surrounded by these things, like a refuge for my soul, my creative expressions. The title of my exhibition
Art & Love in the Digital Age stems from this attempt to relink to people and the often unsuccessful search for love and affection online.
The works in this show are the culmination of a series of classes taken at the Leith School of Art. Following the guidance of the course leaders and my own personal motivation for creating and approaching art making I have produced these works for this show in the hope that they communicate the feelings and processing of those feelings through Painting.
Location detailsSt. Margaret’s House – Gallery 2
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road