The fluctuation between extremes, cultures, and identities is what drives Claire June Apana to develop works that highlight the nuances of humanity. Los Angeles is the wealth of creativity and culture that inspired Apana’s upbringing. As a child, she was entranced with origami as it was a means of exploring her diverse heritage through art. This fascinating medium allowed her the ability to create delicate sculptures with conventional materials. Her passion for paper as a material followed Apana into her photographic career as a fine art photographer and darkroom printer.
Claire June Apana’s works focus on the concept of Impossible Realities; paradoxical ways of life that are absolute. In understanding this contradiction, one may find solace within the collective uncertainty of existence. Apana utilizes original chromogenic prints and transforms them into sculptural photography. The manipulation of raw materials allows her to reconstruct gestural narratives into new forms; these become metaphors for the infinite possibilities that we all contain. Apana’s art practice is her way of taking control in an unprecedented world by means of creation.