Collage

The Halycon, 2020

vellum over paper, #1 with digital manipulation, inspired by the myths of Euridice & Alcyone

“Would, oh I would, I were a kingfisher, That flies with the halcyons, Along the breaking waves, with a fearless heart, That noble bird, that holy bird, The deep blue of the ocean.” Mary Zimmerman, Metamorphoses

Mask Making, 2020

Vellum over paper with digital manipulation.

“I came across one […] word[], Maskenfreiheit. It means “the freedom conferred by masks.” It’s always been hard for me to make a space for myself emotionally around other people. It’s some old childhood thing, a sense of never feeling protected by my parents or from my older brother, Keller, who used to tease me relentlessly when we were growing up – a sense that no ones out there was really listening. Maybe for a performer that’s what the stage becomes: a space you can fill up with what can’t be expressed or gotten anywhere else. Onstage, people have told me, I’m opaque or mysterious or enigmatic or even cold. But more than anything, I’m extremely shy and sensitive, as if I can feel all the emotions swirling around in a room. And believe me when I say when you push past my persona there aren’t any defenses there at all.”

Kim Gordon.

To see more about the process behind these, see here

Breathe 2020

Velllum over paper, with digital manipulation, inspired by breath, this was also turned into a short video piece by soprano Laura Kimmel, which can be seen here

To read more about the process behind these see here

Nightingale 2020

Inspired by the filmic opera of the same name by B.E Goodwin, and produced by Frisson Films. To see more about the creation of these see here.

La Princesse Maliene 2019

collage on paper, inspired by the opera by the same name by Whitney E George & B.E Goodwin. see www.ClaireTownsendDesigns.com for more info

Fairytales 2006-2008

collage on wood and paper

Maybe magic ends with me
and it will never cross your path
but I want you to remember
that survival is an art.
The world is falsehood
so you rely on your smarts.”

Nikita Gill, Fierce Fairytales


Tarot Card Series, 2010

multimedia in American History book pages

“All this is like a dream which the word bears within itself and which, passing through him who writes, is freed and frees him.”
Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies

American History Collage

collages refashioned from a 1950s history book continued, 2006-12

“Any story worth it’s salt can handle a little shaking up”

Salmon Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Kaliedoscope Digital Series, 2013

multimedia, digitally manipulated

“For we live with those retrievals from childhood that coalesce and echo throughout our lives, the way shattered pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope reappear in new forms and are songlike in their refrains and rhymes, makings up a single monologue. We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell.”

Michael Ondaatie

Floated Series, 2012,

Collage on Water

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”

E.E Cummings, 100 Selected Poems

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