Searching for a New Normal
2022 Members Exhibition



Claire Marcus

CLAIRE MARCUS has a special interest in landscape’s power to evoke memory and narrative. She exhibits her award-winning book and mixed media works nationally and internationally.

Marcus holds an MFA in painting and a BA in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with painters Rackstraw Downes and Neil Welliver, sculptor Robert Engman, and photographer Rudy Burckhardt. She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


SAFETY FOLLOWS WISDOM: A concept expressed on a relief sculpture I discovered when pandemic protocols changed my errand routine. A concept that was questioned in debates about preventive measures, despite the rising death toll. The yellow printing refers to the road markings on the wide avenue in my childhood neighborhood, denoting a pedestrian safety zone.

4" x 3" x 22"
Digital photographs, relief prints, accordion structure, Strathmore paper masu box


While pandemic restrictions kept us sheltered at home, mail art and Zoom helped us connect and form new connections with each other.

FEARLESS NEWS acknowledges both strategies: I participated in virtual workshops (including one for the artists' stamps here) and virtual exhibits hosted by Cincinnati Book Arts Society, making new  friendships and exchanging ideas across the miles. Found objects and papers proved their value during limited in-person access to supply sources. The masu box functions as a traditional postage stamp container.

4" x 3.5" x 102"
Collaged artist's stamps on relief printed Hahnemuhle Ingres paper, found spool, found text, Strathmore paper masu box


SAFETY FIRST: A reminder that guided and influenced our pandemic routines. It is also repeated advice at industrial sites, like the Steamtown rail museum and its workshops. 

I took these  photographs there a while ago, but their message is pertinent today. My thanks to Lackawanna County for an Arts and Culture grant and the National Park Service for permission to explore Steamtown behind the scenes.

3 5" x 3 5" x 15"
Digital photographs on silk, stitched, relief prints, butterfly accordion structure, ribbon closure