Claudia Fieo

Artist Statement

The progression of my art has reflected the arc of my life.  Along the way, my impulse has been singular – to give expression to the mystery of life’s contrasting forces – the joy of new life, new beginnings and the wonder of growth; the complexities of dying and mystery of death; the lifelong process of grief.  Through visual language, I have sought to understand, and ultimately to accept, both the beauty and cruelty inhering in the cycles of nature.

Though I have been comfortable weaving back and forth between representational and more abstract imagery over the course of my career as a printmaker, the persistent touchstones in my work have always been nature and natural forms.  I am drawn to these subjects first on the level of a purely sensuous aesthetic, but also and of equal importance, on a level of meaning.  Nature is for me the palpable manifestation of the divine; I am fascinated with its seamless harmonies and troubled by what I see as the nascent rupture of humanity from it.  Dialectically, I aspire to the potential for reconciliation of people with the earth from which they’ve sprung, a potential intuited in my artwork.