Claudia Damichi’s surrealist still life paintings are characterised by vivid colours, elaborate patterns and distorted spatial proportions. In her paintings of domestic interiors, flowers, birds and furniture, colour is inflated and scale is playfully manipulated – solitaray domestic interiors are reconfigured into places of fantasy and illusion. Inspired by the enduring aesthetic of modern industrial design, her surreal and theatrically staged scenarios self-consciously conjure a sense of the absurd. Graphic patterning, high-croma colour and whimsical compositions foster worlds that are at once playful and claustrophobic, satirical and real, tapping into an ambiguous nostalgia that leaves the viewer feeling that anything is possible.
Claudia graduated with a Master of Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1997 and currently lives and works in Sydney. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions around Australia, most recently in institutional exhibitions such as In Bloom at Gippsland Art Gallery (2014) and Domestic Bliss at Deakin University Art Gallery (2014). She has also been a recipient of the Paris Studio Residency at the Cite des Arts Internationale from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Arthur Boyd Bundanon Residency and the Gunnery Studios Residency. Her work is held in major public and private collections in Australia, including at Artbank, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Compaq Computers Australia and in the University of Sydney Union Collection.