A New Dawn

by Claire Iono
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Medium: Tempera, Watercolour and Ink on Canvas
Year: 2019
Size: 30 x 36 inches
  • ABOUT Claire Iono

    Claire Iono’s artistic journey is an expression of the unfolding of her transformative spiritual journey. Born in 1969 in Paris, as a child Claire wanted to live several lives in one. True to this idea, she explored different paths before placing her art practice at the centre of her life. Since 2010, Claire has been living in the experimental township of Auroville in Tamil Nadu, India.

    Claire was initially trained in Fine Arts in France by a Bauhaus painter. Her artistic journey was furthered by her training in the Japanese painting technique Sumi-e (ink wash technique), which had a profound effect on her development as an artist. Pushing her to evolve her practice and research, it taught her to look at the world through another set of eyes. In the forms of Japanese and Chinese art that she studied, there was a strong focus on using just black ink on white paper, which helped Claire redefine her ideas of space, substance, and form. Now, in her artistic practice, she focuses on the finesse of strokes and lines, and the harmony of different elements with one another, achieving a certain simplicity in her work which indicates a purity of thought.

     Claire’s art reflects the blend of cultural influences she has had in her journey as an artist - she uses tempera with wash technique as used in traditional ancient Indian arts, as well as watercolours and ink used in East-Asian art. She finds inspiration in legendary artists such as Paul Klee, V.S. Gaitonde and Zao Wou-Ki.  Claire intuitively fluctuates between the abstract and figurative, creating subtle worlds that evoke imaginary and symbolic landscapes where nature is animated. In her visual storytelling, there are no boundaries between realms; instead, they simply unfold into each other in a kind of continuum. The symbolic and allegorical cityscapes that she depicts, timeless and unknown, may sometimes evoke metropolises or some undiscovered or mythical cities. She states, “The lines that I paint with my brush are also the manifested form of a vibration, a pattern, a movement, a wave, of which our bodies are made of. My work also speaks about the body, how it carries all our stories, how it is the place where one can transform oneself.”

    Claire’s artworks have found place in collector’s homes all around the world. She has held 5 solo exhibitions and has participated in multiple group shows in India and in international art fairs. In 2020, Claire was a finalist of the national competition Ora Mojarto, and of the international exhibition, Art Revolution Taipei in Taiwan. Her work has been acquired by Chittorgarh Art Society in Rajasthan, Bhopal Museum in Madhya Pradesh, and by the Reliance Group.

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    • ABOUT Auroville Art Camp

      An inclusive, peaceful, invigorating space to spur art and creativity – this is what Claire and Herve, an artist couple from Auroville, had in mind when they ideated the Auroville Art Camp. Reflecting the values of peace and harmony which form the essence of Auroville – an experimental township in southern India, the first edition of the art camp took place in March 2019, in Auroville, funded by the Government of India.

      Artists and art students from Auroville as well as other parts of India were invited for a week of art practice and activities. Out of all the applicants, 15 artists from Auroville, and 15 from other parts of India were selected for the camp, along with five Indian art students and two Aurovillian art students. The artworks created were donated to the Auroville Art Camp, and to quote Claire, they “belong to Auroville now.”

      The exquisite artworks are now available for purchase exclusively on Artisera, and the funds raised through the sale of these artworks will be used to conduct the second edition of the Auroville Art Camp, all set to take place in March 2020. The theme of the camp will be ‘The City of Dawn,’ and it is open to all visual artists, including painters, photographers, videographers, sculptors, and conceptual artists.

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