Cora Cluett
Artist Statement
As a process based painter I have a continued interest in expanding upon issues relating to contemporary abstraction as well as positioning my work in relation to the Modernist grid, binary opposition and the body. I view my paintings as skin that can be beautiful from a distance but upon closer examination one discovers imperfections. I stamp a mark into wet paint as this process emphasizes the materiality of paint and overrides the overt order of the grid. I use a variety of colours that are layered through glazing techniques always working toward an effect that is atmospheric - surfaces and colours both revealed and disrupted by a grid of scars. Colour is used to nudge a perceptual as well as visceral response - the paintings affirm the mark of the hand and the handmade.
Cora Cluett was born in Nova Scotia and educated at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) as well as the University of Guelph (MFA) – for which she was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for her thesis work. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions that have taken place in international, national and regional venues. She has received numerous artist grants and awards and her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections. Aspects of her painting practice have been included in a substantial publication by Roald Naasgard, Abstract Painting in Canada, 2007 as well as Carte Blanche 2: Painting, the Magenta Foundation, 2008. In 2014, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Cluett is an Associate Professor within the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. She is married to the Scottish painter, Paul Dignan and has one child, Olivia (Liv) Dignan.