Claire R Lynch explores the delicate balances between fragility and violence, beauty and aggression, by using labor-intensive execution and creating movement in her kinetic sculptures. Within these dichotomies, Claire explores the cognitive dysfunctions experienced in extreme states of mental illness. Though these works are inspired by personal experiences, Claire believes we all share a commonality of these inner dichotomies that impact our mental state.

Claire R Lynch was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, but did not explore sculpture until her later years in college at Stanford University. Claire graduated in 2014 with a BA in Art Practice and focus on sculpture. After graduating, Claire moved her practice to San Francisco, California, where she completed residencies at Recology and Root Division before moving back to the east coast to pursue her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the Rinehart School for Sculpture program. Claire is the recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize for Performing and Creative Arts, the Perna Krick ‘31 and Reuben Kramer ‘32 Fellowship, The Blau-Gold Fellowship, and the Graduate Merit Scholarship. Claire is expected to graduate with her MFA in spring of 2019.