Claire Cansick’s figurative work depicts lone females, bent and stretched through the defines of perspective, flattened, elongated, caught in a moment of stillness or captured in movement. Their intent remains ambiguous, their faces are often hidden behind a mop of hair, and so their intent is difficult to read. However they are intriguing to unpick, every one has an interpretation waiting for the viewer to decide upon. Their strongest elements are their abstracted shapes, colouring and particularly the development of line; lines are repeated over and over, contouring beyond the bounds of the figures, evolving in the process and are a reverberating theme throughout this series. Using wet on wet painting the line becomes blurred, dragging the definition in and out, defining and softening all at the same time.
Claire uses coloured pencils, pastels, oil pastels, compressed charcoal and scratching tools to define the linear content on a variety of grounds. Wood is a favourite ground to work on but she also uses a variety of papers and makes her own gesso boards. Her influences come from diverse sources such as Egon Scheile, Alberto Giacometti, Victor Passmore, Gary Hume, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly and Andrew Pope.