Bio: Chloe Watson

Friday, August 13, 2010; 4:00 PM

Name: Chloe Watson

Age: 25

Hometown: Richmond

Studio Location: Area 405 Building, Baltimore

On her inspiration and process:

"Bedrooms and intimate spaces of my past have become the primary settings for my current body of paintings. My reading of Gaston Bachelard's "The Poetics of Space" has had a profound effect on how I relate my own personal space to memories and experiences. I have been using an entirely new approach with this series -- lighting geometrically shaped paper cutouts in my studio, sketching them from observation, and then translating that sketch into an element in a painting. Substituting furniture, doorways, windows, or other domestic architectural elements with these geometric forms further separates the viewer from the memories of my past spaces that the original objects lived in. To further enhance the ambiguity of the space, I have been exploring "the blank"--an abstract form that may be read as a negative space, a solid object, or even a thought bubble."

On her playing with wood:

"My drawing of wood grain is a continuation of a series of drawings that prefaced this work and relies on a connection between the rendered wooden texture, the paper mounted on the panel, and the wooden panel. These three elements come from the same natural source and I am interested in how the supports and materials within a painting can create a dialogue between each other."

On the future:

"Ultimately my goal is to start adjuncting at colleges/universities in the area and eventually get a full-time teaching job."

On when she knew she was an artist:

"I remember going to Career Day in kindergarten dressed up as an artist -- paint-splattered shirt, beret, and palette in hand -- but I really became serious about art in high school, thanks to an extremely motivating and encouraging teacher who suggested I focus on art and consider art school."

© 2010 The Washington Post Company