Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Claire Rosen Creates Optical Illusion By Photographing Birds Against Vintage Wallpaper

Claire Rosen is an award winning artist and a fine art photographer. Claire earned her graduate degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 and Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2003.

She has worked on a number of series, each one a collection of portraits of live birds, and preserved bugs and insects against a correlating William Morris wallpaper from the Victoria and Albert Collection. The vintage wallpaper patterns highlight the colors in each creature placed in front of it creating an optical illusion. Claire has photographed from Parakeets to Hyacinth Macaws, from Gyrfalcon to Barn Owls, and from bugs to butterflies. “It wasn’t just colour, it was more about my perceived idea of their personality: exotic, domestic, cheeky, confrontational.”

It's usually challenging for the artist to work with the birds since they don't sit still, so Claire contacted her local pet store and set up a mini-studio in their lobby. “The birds didn’t sit still, so I had to be patient. You just have to wait and hope that something good happens. Usually it does.” via

Claire featured on Forbes “30 under 30” list for Art & Design in 2012 and 2013. For her work she has received recognition from Aesthetica Art Prize, Communication Arts Photo Annual, IPA, Graphis, PDN Photo Annual, People’s Choice Photoville Fence, Photolucida Critical Mass, Prix de la Photographie and Sony World Awards. 

Her work has gained a spotlight in several publications including Complex Art+Design, Creative Quarterly Journal, The Guardian UK Observer, Hi Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, National Geographic Proof, Refinery29, Slate Magazine, The Washington Post Insights, and The World Photography Organization. She has displayed her work at various exhibition all around the globe and her work can be found in number of collections. 


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