It's Dark, but It's Just a Game
- Acrylic on Canvas
- 16" x 20"
"This painting depicts the interior of my 1990’s Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse. During quarantine I spent a lot of time at my parent’s home in Northwest Washington state. As boredom got the better of me I found myself tearing through the garage and unboxing this dust covered crown jewel. I photographed the dollhouse incessantly, arranging and rearranging the furniture as I document the little plastic family. As a child, the dollhouse is where I taught myself about relationships, mortality, ethics and countless domestic tropes I would grow up to question. A dollhouse is such a common children’s toy for my generation, it’s quite startling to consider what mature and dark themes have played out through my dolls before I had the context to understand the long-term implications. "
- Claire Burkett
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Claire Burkett is a fine artist born and raised in northwest Washington state. She is based in Brooklyn, New York and is working predominantly in acrylic painting. In 2020 Burkett received her BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute School of Art and Design in Brooklyn, New York with a double minor in Art History and Museum & Gallery Practices. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, most notably with Shrine NYC, Far x Wide, and the Glasgow School of Art. Her work has been acquired by a number of private collections. Burkett is currently writing the curriculum for an online painting course for OpenClass, an exciting AI startup geared towards creating an optimized learning experience as well as accessibility. In the spring of 2021 Burkett was accepted into the MFA painting program at SAIC.