Clare’s extensive international experiences have exposed to her the creative potential of photography. Leaving New Orleans and heading to New York, Clare staged her first solo exhibition, titled ‘The Character of Life’, at the Soho Lounge in New York.
Her passion for cameras cemented, Clare formalized her calling with studies in Fine Art Photography at RMIT University in Melbourne. In May 2003, Clare presented an exhibition at Blupols Gallery in Melbourne ‘The streets have no names’ resulting in sales of her work and an excellent response from gallery patrons and followed his with a stint in Melbourne as a professional photographer with Animal House Studios.
Over the following decade, Clare built a strong portfolio in portrait, fashion, and commercial photography. She finds immense satisfaction in her ability to work with other creative people – perceiving immense benefit in synergies and fostering her growth as a visual artist.
Learn more about Clare McShanag and her unique, creative style of photographic art here on her website.
Germane Solo Exhibition Statement
“I make my Art to channel my inner and outer awareness as an expression of creation and colour – spilling out into image. My vision is to convert my passion into a medium that ignites a very fueling and awakening experience for the eyes of the beholder.”
My inspiration is life and movement: to be able to capture life as dynamic moments a Picture conveying a vigorous story, with all its undertones, highlights and shadows.
Dark and beautiful at the same time –a mixture of surreal and the abstract.
My focus in Germane is on the material and natural elements of life that are enlightened in the story of universal creation/genesis, the beauty in creation and destruction.
I like to traverse the boundaries of what is considered reality. My body of work Germane represents finding the meaning of oneself in different contexts and stages of life that we arrive at and translate through our spiritual and material experiences.
We form our identity through the inner and outer struggles we experience in the process of everyday life, striving to find peace within through self-realization.
I regain consciousness like the sunrise, bathed in rose light and gold shadows. I wake not only from the light but touched by something else, floating for a moment in the windy, wired color’s of the sky. I know this is the translation of a magical ride that transcends my vision of day and night.
The Germane is visual explosion of matter and meaning, relevant to the subject under consideration – to life, to our humanity.
“Art reflecting life”.