MFA Thesis Exhibition: Claire Ragland's Slip Stream & Jennifer Jones' and there I was



Claire Ragland, Direct Experience is Contradicting my Fantasy,

10”x14” Two plate aquatint etching on rag paper


Claire Ragland's "Slip Stream" Opening night April 10th 12-9 and the UNO Gallery 2429 st Claude

Using a variety of print mediums and mixed media, Claire creates work that is representative of her own evolving mythology and symbolist language. In these highly decorative pieces, she utilizes patterns that have emerged through her own personal narratives as well as pop cultural movements, creating captivating and dynamic stories of queer relationality, intimacy, and connection with self and the natural world.


instagram:@claire.ragland website:claireragland.com

Breakthrough, 2021, 11"x14", aquatint etching on rag paper


Spark , 2021, 10"x14",Two plate aquatint etching on rag paper


Extend , 2021, 11"x14", aquatint etching on rag paper



Jennifer Jones, And there I Was, 2020, Cyanotype on linen, 60x48 inches


Jennifer Jones "and there I was"

Opening night April 10th 12-9 and the UNO Gallery 2429 st Claude


Working with found imagery and objects, I explore transformative sculptural processes

and manipulated photographic methods as a metaphor for mental and physical

transformation.

Creating large scale cyanotypes that are exposed on painter’s linen, I have developed a

unique process for stretching and coating linen that allows me to make images that feel

more like paintings than photographs.  Reflecting and analyzing aspects of my adult life,

I present images and objects that challenge traditional gender roles that were

impressed upon me throughout my upbringing.  My process is defined by

experimentation.  During the exposure of the image, dramatic shifts occur that allow for

both distortion and a clarity of light within the final artwork.  This process informs

thematic ideas in my work that touch on the struggle women face with perpetual

objectification in our modern world.   I utilize dramatic imagery that draws on the

aesthetics of film noir.  Buried in the work, I convey ideas of shame, fear, and isolation

related to the objectification of women.


You Missed this Time, 2021, Cyanotype on Linen, 40x40 inches



untitled 1, 2021, mixed media



All the Pretty Things, 2020, Cyanotype on linen, 60x48 inches