Claire Millett Lima is a mixed media sculpture artist who was raised in the coastal town of Newport, Oregon. As a child, she often spent her days foraging for moss and flowers with her mother, a craft artist, secretly using the “good paints’ in her fathers art studio, and rummaging around her fathers fishing gear shed for treasures to incorporate into her various art projects. This process forged deep connections to her numerous stomping grounds, as if she was an integral part of those tiny ecosystems rather than an observer.
She continues this process in her sculptures today, utilizing what is immediately around her and often overlooked, the gathering of and relationship to the territory and each collected element as important as the vision and assemblage. The experience of combining these elements is multi sensory, an earthy scent is released as dried leaves are crushed, twigs are snapped, materials are mixed by hand. The sculpture that emerges is a beautifully distorted map of her contact with the terrain and an examination of the human dimensions of place attachment.
Claire aims to impart the emotional bonds and meaning of place attachment, in the broader sense of nature connectedness, to the children she works with in DCF custody as an advocate. Claire has seen that in inconsistent situations, an intimacy with natural surroundings can foster an immediate sense of support, connectedness and meaning.
Claire now lives in Saugus, MA with her husband, two teenage children, and her dog, cat, ducks, chickens and hedgehog. Her work is currently being shown at the Umbrella Gallery in Concord, MA, the ACA in Arlington, MA, the Augusta Savage Gallery in Amherst, MA, ArtsWorcester and ArtFluent.
Selected Artist for Exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum by Terrana Assistant Curator 2021
Second Place for OF THE EARTH, ArtFluent 2021
Inside Voices, a Members Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum ArtsWorcester, Worcester MA 2021
You + Me, Member Show, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington MA 2021
Earth Month Exhibition: Change is in the Air, The Umbrella Arts Gallery, Concord MA 2021
Creative Women Leading Climate Change, The Augusta Savage Gallery Online 2021
Real or Imagined National Juried Show, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA 2021
Hope is the Thing with Feathers, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont, MA 2021
In Tandem: An Exhibition of Counterparts, Sprinkler Factory, Worcester, MA 2021
Lines, Shapes and Objects Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Online Gallery 2021
- Highschool Dropout
- Deckhand on F/V Morning Star 2
- Street Performer
- Waitress/Bartender in Oregon, California, Florida, New York, Vermont, Texas, London
- Seasonal Farm Worker in Greece
- Matsutake Mushroom Forager
- Sign Painter
- House Painter
- Dance Teacher
- Yoga and Meditation Instructor
- Arts and Crafts Instructor
- ESL Teacher
- Portuguese Teacher
- Commercial and Residential Interior Designer
- Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in DCF Custody