BIO: 

Claire R. Lynch was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia and moved to the bay area in 2009 to attend Stanford University, where she received her B.A. in Art Practice and focused on sculpture. Claire now lives in San Francisco, where she continues to build her large-scale metal, wood, and found material sculpture.

Artist Statement: 
My artwork explores the impact of negative emotions, such as tension, anger, and discomfort, through sculptural forms. I find that these negative emotions, though universally experienced on a personal level, are condemned as socially inacceptable to exhibit and release in the public and private spheres. My goal is to provide a stage for these powerful, repressed emotions so they may be appreciated for their violence, complexity, and inspiration for action. With my time at Root Division, I aim to expand my expression of negative emotions by exploring empathy responses to kinetic sculptures.