Photo by David Emitt Adams

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Claire A. Warden

Claire A. Warden (b. Montreal, Quebec) is an artist working in Phoenix, Arizona.


Claire’s series Mimesis has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at The University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Colorado Photographic Arts Center. She has been named LensCulture's Top 50 Emerging Talents, Photo Boite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers, and a Clarence John Laughlin Award finalist. She received an Artist Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Contemporary Photography Exhibition Award at PPAC and the Ed Friedman Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work has been featured in publications, including Real Simple magazine, Der Greif Magazine, Strange Fire Collective, Common Ground Journal, Prism Magazine, Lenscratch, and Diffusion Magazine. Claire was awarded artist residencies through the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, Art Intersection in Arizona, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, LATITUDE in Chicago, ACRE in Wisconsin, and a forthcoming residency at Light Work in Syracuse.

Artist Statement

The creation of Mimesis, 99 Moons, and Rise, three ongoing series come at a time when the struggle to accept the unfamiliar is pervasive in our culture. Mimesis explores the question “what are you?”, my experiences as a person of color in the US, and my research on identity formation through a unique cameraless process that I discovered in 2013. My ongoing series 99 Moons and newest series Rise focus on collective experiences. Both series of images are unique chemigrams, constructed completely in the darkroom.  

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Release Date: September 10, 2021

Rise I, 2021