My paintings are modern-day interpretations of historical figures, portraits and stories seen through the lens of film and pop culture. They are a composite of some fact, some fiction, and all largely informed by the subjective nature of time and memory.

Visual storytelling, in all its forms, brought me to work in the film industry for many years. I rely heavily on filmic influences, both aesthetically, and for their powers of visual narrative, I cast these paintings, as if roles in a film. Various archival and film references all get 'Frankensteined' together, to mesh eras, to create temporal layers, superimposing our pop cultural references and personal memory onto figures both championed by history and those forgotten.


 © 2012 by Clarissa Shanahan. 

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