Clare Rojas, Untitled

Curated by Justine Topfer, commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' 5 x 5 initiative. The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Melding craft and fine art with unparalleled verve, Rojas created a site specific installation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Utilizing the exterior architectural niches and arches of the building, her work featured graphic folk art-inspired figurative narratives and vivid geometric patterns reminiscent of traditional American quilt work and Pennsylvania Dutch hexes.

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Rojas explores the traditional and often subordinate roles of women without sexual exploitation or overt eroticism, making her works both poignant and empowering. Her narrative paintings focus on the relationships between men, women, society, and nature. She celebrates women for their traditional and most basic differences and strengths. While the characters are often imbued with feelings of loss and nostalgia, one gets the sense that their inner strength will likely shine through.

Clare is an internationally renowned artist who is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago/Berlin. She has previously shown with Deitch Projects, New York and recently has had solo shows with the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK and the Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco.