Clare Perry

Sunburned Curtains

Over the past year, I have become fascinated with the camera obscura and its capacity to superimpose one reality upon another, allowing the viewer to be in two places simultaneously. Secluded in my family’s home, I covered up a large window in my bedroom with black cardboard, into which I carved a hole, enabling the landscape outside to burn its way in. Adjusting slowly, my eyes began to follow any glimmer of luminosity on my walls, and the room started to glow with a moving image.

Artists throughout history have used the camera obscura to make the exterior world a stencil for their images. Projecting itself, the landscape plays a direct role in creating the artwork. I experience living in rooms differently now that they have become cameras. Through trial and error, I have been exploring ways of capturing images of the outside world as they hover inside, in harmony or in contrast within domestic spaces. In the series Sunburned Curtains, I have transformed multiple rooms in my family’s home into suspenseful narratives and whimsical environments that complicate visual perception and stir the viewer’s imagination.