Claudia Flynn has a longstanding interest in the interface of art and the human journey. Opportunities to observe and engage while on visits to Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Yucatan Peninsula have been powerful influences.
“Flynn’s pieces, often ritualistic in the ways that they transform the objects she finds, do not turn away from the world. On the contrary, they fully embrace the world and reconnect it with an inner life of the soul. This is the source of the work’s animation and hold on us,” says essayist Paul Forte, “a reconnection involving an intimate exploration of the inner capacity of things, ultimately their archetypal potential.”
Her works are often brown and black, the color of mud and deep earth—forging an inseparable harmony of art and life.
Flynn received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and studied in Italy with RISD’s European Honor’s Program. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad and has been awarded several grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. At the Newport Art Museum she has been represented in many Newport Annual exhibitions and won 1st in painting in 2012. Flynn and her husband, architect Troy West, have organized several exhibitions which address topics of social concern.