Claire Boren, b. 1938, began working with abstraction in 1995, after many years of creating realistic and figurative work. During this period in her life, her world had become contracted and isolated. Making the shift to abstract work in mixed media allowed her to translate her interior world into the exterior one through her art. Boren was surprised at how her situation at the time paired with her art-making process, unlocked past experiences and memories of her childhood during the Holocaust. She would pick up found objects at random, work on a piece and then discover the meaning – each time creating unexpected dialogue between the objects, the media, her thoughts and feelings, and ultimately the finished piece. Her work explores abstract forms in large paintings on paper and canvas, utilizing layered applications that both obscure and transform the underpainting, creating fields of tension. She paints in an initially explosive, spontaneous manner, later developing the work more deliberately.
Boren has shown in New York and New Jersey in both solo and group shows.