Floor 4 (Turquoise Tiles)
This painting depicts an anonymous female teenager in an anxiety-induced yet euphoric state of inebriation. The elements of this work—including its composition and pacing—emphasize the instability of the figure as she loses control over her body. The artist builds this painting through layers, each one depicting a frame of a found video. The artist paints each still over the last, eventually producing a final painting where the trauma of the actions is covered, yet ever-present.
By painting each frame of the found video, Bitran expands time and analyzes each microsecond of the figure's actions. This work is part of a series by the artist that explores this technique. Bitran employs a wide range of painting strategies that both glorify and enshrine the vulgarity of each scene. The results are affected and thick surfaces loaded with the poses of the young and disoriented bodies in the found videos. The final paintings are a ghostly metamorphosis of the source material.
Alongside the paintings, Bitran produces animations that serve as documentation of the evolving stages of each composition. This empathetic process pulls back the curtain on the steps involved in the creation of these paintings—revealing the once concealed horror inherent in the subject matter.
Claudia Bitran, working primarily in painting and video, frequently uses DIY aesthetics to represent the hyperbolic worlds of social media and popular culture. The artist employs a wide range of painting strategies to metamorphosize her source material, resulting in dense and thick surfaces that transform the content of the artist’s videos. Bitran’s work invites viewers to empathize with the figures they depict—while simultaneously exploring how images become part of the endless cycle of mass consumption that happens online.
This painting depicts an anonymous female teenager in an anxiety-induced yet euphoric state of inebriation. The artist builds this painting through layers, each one depicting a frame of a found video—eventually producing a final painting where the trauma of the actions is covered, yet ever-present.More