Claire Warden | Phoenix AZ, United States

Short bio:
Claire A. Warden has exhibited her work internationally, including: Griffin Museum of Photography; Rayko Photo Center; Center for Fine Art Photography; Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem; Galería Valid Foto, Barcelona; and Cultural Center, Serbia. She has received LensCulture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents award, Photo Boite’s 30Under30 Award and Photobook Melbourne photography finalist. Her work has been featured in Real Simple, The HAND, Common Ground Journal and Prism Magazine.

Why do you photograph on film?
For this series in particular, it can only be produced through the use of film. A digital process would simply not work. Despite this fact, I am enamored with the many tactile processes in photography.

What is your work about?
Raised in a family with a diverse ethnic heritage has led me to reflect on the fluid, abstract nature of identity and informs my use of photography. I use saliva and manual manipulation in my photographic process, which act as representations of the biologic and socio-cultural forces that stimulate the emergence of an identity. Resembling systems of the natural sciences—microscopic, topographic and celestial—the photographs allegorize the complexity of systems that make up an individual.