Clara Rubin’s painted still lifes explore inherently Italian scenes, domestic settings, and the every-day intimacy of the home. Born in 1988 in Milan, Italy, Clara graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2011. She lives and works in Milan.
My work is based mainly on painting, For the past 4-5 years I have been using predominantly gouache on paper but I love experimenting with other mediums as well like colour pastels and oil colours.
The themes I explore, and I am interested in revolve around home and identity, family and neighbourhood, nature and the man made.
I have depicted locations that are personal and well known to me, and I celebrate the experience of the place.
Some interesting concepts that recur in my work are about borders that exist between neighbours. In particular the feelings of safety and security, spying and surveillance.
I reflect on the act of introspection and intimacy where we feel most comfortable. Although with the existential idea of being watched by something which we can’t see.
My main source of inspiration are images from everyday life. I am often attracted by natural phenomenon like reflections or transparencies that suggest something mysterious.