Barbara Millstein - 2003
Catalogue essay: "Interior/Exterior
Five Perspectives on Landscape Photography"
Seidl is by her own admission primarily an abstract painter,
and has been for almost thirty years. Her career and her
work are well established, wiith eighteen one-person exhibitions
and countless group exhibitions, numerous reviews and articles,
and inclusion in major collections around the world. Therefore,
while it is somewhat surprising that she is also a photographer,
it is no surprise that she would bring to that work a sense
of the abstract, a love of reflection, texture and surprise.
While Ms. Seidl's paintings are evocative of nature and
landscape, they are decidedly not figurative. Likewise,
the photographs, while clearly about landscape - and the
things and people that inhabit it - are also informed by
a deep love of the abstract. Her favorite avenue of description
is distortion. And she is not afraid to lose her outlines
in a search for asymmetry and shock. Her photographs seem
to swell the space they occupy, while refection, shadow,
blurring and layers of information are a common form of
expression. Ms. Seidl feels free to change her style in
order to accomodate emotion. One of her subjects in this
photo essay is a pre-adolescent girl with whom one is tempted
to speculate is her own doppelganger. Faster, slower, blurred
or clear, Claire Seidl is a painter with a camera. These
are emotional images which just as easily might have been
applied to canvas w ith equal success by a figurative painter.
Light, reflection, tone and line are all present. These
are the clues to her painterly interests, and they are also
indicativeof her growing affection for the camera.