Claire Viele is and artist, photographer, writer and model from Northern
Michigan—now living and promoting her artwork in the fantastic LA art
community and via her online portfolio here.
In Claire’s own words:
I am never the same person, therefore I follow no specific order of assemblage on a daily basis. I intuitively organize my appearance and behavior based on my internal state. If I am green inside, I will use what I have available to actualize a green character; if I am restless, I will use what I have available to create the image of restlessness. To avoid permanent alterations during the day, I use minimal organic/chemical-free cosmetics and eat un-altered organic foods. This enables me to maintain an underlying transparency of self, which I can use as my temporary canvas.
My clothing choices change dramatically and often, so I usually shop at vintage/thrift stores like Goodwill to find unusual things that you can’t always get in traditional stores. I frequently use Organic Wear Mascara, which contains no artificial chemicals and doesn’t irritate my eyes like most brands. For my face and body I use Lush’s Dream Cream organic lotion, and ammonia-free liquid latex body paints. When I sleep, I am anonymous:
bare of all identifiable markers. Many makeup removers contain anti-freeze ingredients, so I clean up with Skin Trip organic lotion instead.
To keep myself unidentified I also spend a lot of time being still and un-painted. This might mean doing yoga, making art, or watching ants for hours on end. I also do breath-holding laps with my monofin at local pools to work out and stimulate the circulation in my brain. I prefer to dive in natural bodies of water when I can, because chlorine is bad for your skin and hair. Nevertheless it is a great way to quiet my mind and prevent me from taking myself too seriously. I also believe in maintaining an infinite attention-span by avoiding rigorous social networking and media observances. It’s a struggle, but an essential one for me personally, because I am easily overwhelmed by excessive stimulus. I divide my time equally between the human world of categories, and the transparent world of animals, plants and quiet space.