What drives me to create evolves with me as I continue down this road. In this chapter of my life, I feel the need to both protect and be protected. When I fortify myself within safe structures, I can risk being fragile and vulnerable. Chaos and beauty find a harmonious balance in the biomes; a sense of peace and calm amongst a myriad of details.
The biomes serve as a safe haven for my creatures and their keepers. The relationship between the two is symbotic; I don’t want any of the characters in my narratives to be alone. Each guardian is the embodiment of a quietly sculpted prayer that in my own life I will not be alone.
Claire McCauley, a Chicago native, grew up as one of five. She found her voice in art, and pursued a BFA in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. Now, using clay as her medium, her work is heavily influenced by the time spent studying illustration and storytelling. Her work has been shown across the United States, including at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, The Companion Gallery, and Clay Arts Vegas.