Henry Martin: Does your work come from the head or the heart?
Claudine Metrick: The heart, hands down. My work has always responded to events in my life. I suppose this is a result of the experience of making the work itself. It is a solitary act – I am alone in a room with only my thoughts. Inevitably, I come into contact with whatever issue I am facing at my core. My hope is that these issues are universal and that the work will resonate with others.
My current project is a response to the death of a dear friend. Jane spent almost her entire lifetime in the Arizona desert, and for me, the place came to embody her. The images I am making are rendered at a small scale reminiscent of a snapshot – a repository for memory. Each landscape holds an isolated moment of mystery which I hope casts the desert as a vehicle for the sacred and speaks to the loss of a great and abiding love in my life.
Title: There is Only Becoming. Date: 2017. Format/Materials: graphite and colored pencil on paper. Dimensions: image 4. 5 x 6 inches. Picture Credit: Claudine Metrick.