ARTIST INTERVIEW: Claire Nereim of Plant Planet
Created by talented artist Claire Nereim, Plant Planet is a series of botanical screen prints handmade in Claire’s studio in Los Angeles using recycled paper and non-toxic inks. Claire has been kind enough to create beautiful limited edition posters for EPCF, as well as many of our Fair invites and we are big fans of her work. Plant Planet prints are bright and quiet at the same time, sometimes mapping fruiting and blooming cycles, sometimes arranging groups of plants or single species in other configurations.
We spoke with Claire about her art, life and creative process.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I’ve always enjoyed making things and drawing, and studied printmaking in undergrad. As a teenager I made zines and posters and album covers, and the Plant Planet affordable multiples were born out of that continuing practice crossed with my interest in botany, as a complement to my experimental sculptural work.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Yes, totally! I moved to California in 2004 and was amazed by the plant life here. I was so excited to eat local fruits and vegetables year round, and found myself increasingly connected to the passing seasons through shifts in the plant landscape. I lived in Northern California until 2009, and since then have discovered a whole new exciting botany in and around LA.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Sketchbook, superfine mechanical pencils, tea.