For Claire Primrose the continuing impact of place on her creative imagination is paramount. Her works are made in a studio in the industrial area of Queanbeyan near Canberra, far removed from the sources that have excited her imaginative sensibilities. They are the result of felt experiences that have stayed with her, that have become active ingredients in her (very) living memory. Her works are compilations of the visual data of place, her memory of the physical topographies of place and her experience (physical, emotional, intellectual and aesthetic) of place. Her drawings are poetic paeans to the complex amalgam that is the individual’s confrontation with the land. Primrose is conscious of the space between reality and the experience of reality and her constant search for the right means to express that complex yet seductive tension gives creative and aesthetic energy to her art.
Excerpt adapted from catalogue essay Presence: Two Visions of landscape by Peter Haynes, 2017.