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Claire Giddings is an artist working in photography. She got her first pair of glasses at age seven and spent a great deal of time exploring the world with myopic eyes. As a child she would remove her glasses to see how lights form diffused circles in her nearsighted eyes. Even as her family moved to many countries, when she took off her glasses she returned to a familiar place.

Claire uses digital photography to explore the human experience with technology and the apparatus of visual representation. These images deal with how time can fracture memory and create nostalgia for a person, place or event that only exists through mediated imagery, be it through digital mapping software, blurred images taken in low light, collaged images or photographs of tv/laptop screens. She questions what it means to be a visual observer or participant, and how we are reflected in media or consumed by it.

She has a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Wellesley College, a M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. in Photography and Interdisciplinary Studies from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She worked as an Art Director in New York and taught at CUNY Tech and Rutgers University. She has shown at Pioneer Works, the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fitchburg Museum of Art, Boston University, Gallery 500 in Baltimore and the Organization of Independent Artists Gallery in New York.

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