Wed, June 12th I will be joining Kim Welsh, and Rick Moore showing at the brewhouse! this will be my third year, and I’m excited.
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Artist Claudia Gehrke was born in the Pacific Northwest where she attended The University of Oregon and the Seattle Art Institute before moving to Los Angeles, Prescott Arizona, and finally New Orleans.
She works out of her Saint Roch home as “Mardiclaw” and concentrates on Post-K Dia de las Muertes works that reflect local Ya-Ya influence and show a Southwestern flavor. Her work lends itself well to “N’Awlins” culture which includes second lines, parades, bone gangs, architecturally-influenced paintings, and year-round festivals.
By founding and leading her own Bone Gang, Skinz n’ Bonez, Mardiclaw is living and breathing the modern aphorism of “Life imitating Art”, and gathering more inspiration for her work by parading with and within Mardi Gras Indian culture as a drum krewe for the Wild Tchoupitoulas tribe.
Her work has been in the HBO televison show “Treme”, Syfy Channel’s “Warehouse 13”, and her large-scale murals adorn The Avenue Pub and can be seen motoring around New Orleans on the side of the Taceaux Loceaux food truck, which Smithsonian Magazine named as one of the Top 20 food trucks in the US.
For her third appearance here at the Crescent City Brewhouse Mardiclaw is bringing viewers an assortment of her work including popular giclees, local landmark and architectural pieces, paintings reflecting the intense craftsmanship of the Mardi Gras Indians’ vivid “suits”, humorous food-themed images, and a new series of lovingly-executed roosters which one admirer called “her most ‘painterly’ work yet.”