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Claire Putney’s layered drawings combine maps, charts, and diagrams with sewing, burning, cut paper, and ink washes.

From what I’ve seen of her work so far, although she and I use different images and mediums, her process appears to be very similar to my own. She has a concept, she finds images to help her talk about that concept, she edits and combines the layers to develop her articulation, and she responds to moments as her purposeful choices invite unexpected effects. Through repeated rounds of plans, expansions and careful editing, her products become beautifully honed, relevant, and thoughtful.

In the fall she returns to teach photography at the community college, but in the summer, she’s our “Alternative Drawing” teacher. We’re lucky to have her.

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