Clare Rojas [ MIAMI, FL, USA ]all artists
As a child...
Clare Rojas’ Peruvian father would pile the family in a ’74 Cadillac to make the long drive from Ohio down to Miami just to soak up the sun and the music, and to enjoy the pristine water. Clare’s early Miami experiences informed her view of the city even before her art career brought her to the Sunshine State. When offered a spot in the Wynwood Walls project, “I couldn’t say no,” she says. But it wasn’t fond childhood memories that informed her decision. She wanted to make sure that her perspective as a woman was voiced.
The female perspective is precisely what fuels Clare’s work. While not directly involved in the graffiti community, her influences lie more in folk art than they do in street art. A traditionally female-dominated realm, folk art has always allowed women to freely express themselves, whether through quilting or painting. In the case of her mural for the Wynwood Walls, Clare says, “I wanted the piece to be about the power of a woman’s vision.” So it’s no coincidence that the female figure on the left is literally directing the man’s gaze, so that he can see the woman’s perspective.