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Aug 13, 2017

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Maine Jewish Museum

Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland, ME





Before the Flood: Paintings and Video Installations by Anita Clearfield

A new group of paintings and experiential video installations by Anita Clearfield.

Anita Clearfield creates figurative abstractions, combining paint, video and found objects. In “Before the Flood,” Clearfield’s paintings and video installations reflect on the end of times: Biblical, climate change, and personal mortality. Her works mirror the disconnection for many people between one’s mundane life and Big Picture events. Her paintings and their ironic titles ask how does one conduct oneself with doom in mind? Will we know when we’ve eaten our “Last Fried Egg?” Will you choose to be “The Last Guy to Get His Pants On?” Clearfield holds a BFA in film from Syracuse University and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design at Provincetown. Her paintings have been displayed throughout New England. Her films have been distributed nationally and internationally and her film awards include a Silver Hugo and an American Film Institute (AFI] Independent Film­ makers Grant. She is a founding member of Lumen ARRT!, a project of the Artists’ Rapid Response Team, which creates large-scale video projections for progressive non-profits.