Clare Szydlowski

My work in silkscreen printmaking is concerned with the ways in which industrial processes, theories, and terminology have shaped the North American landscape: both the physical world and the collective imagination.

Visually I am drawn to spaces that expose American dreams, desires, and hopes: industrial ruins, oversize discount stores, suburban developments, and freeways—the hinterlands of American life. By rearranging and isolating these pervasive and seemly mundane images, I allow the viewer to question their assumptions about familiar spaces and recognize the strangeness of a landscape characterized by industrial dreams and boundless resources. 

This series of silkscreen prints were printed by hand using the CMYK process printing method where 4 layers—cyan, magenta, yellow, and black—on a single page create a full range of colors. The imagery is a digital collage of photos from a "zombie subdivision," a suburban development that was never completed because of the economic crisis of the late 2000s and images of Death Valley. I'm interested in dichotomies of environmental control and chaos, how our manipulation of the environment is at once hugely impactful and insignificant when faced with of the forces of nature. 

Clare Szydlowski was born in Buffalo, New York. As a teen, Clare moved to Orange County, California with her family. In 2006, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Art with a focus in Printmaking. In 2009, she graduated from SF State University with an MFA in Printmaking. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and makes her work at Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco, writes for the quarterly art magazine, Venison Magazine, and teaches art full time at a Bay Area public high school.