About the exhibition
I chose these art works because they make me feel happy and inspired. I think if I owned any one of these pieces, and looked at it once a day, my heart would feel full. All of these motivate me to be creative and make things. My thanks to the artists for their wonderful work.
About the selector
Claire Barliant is a writer and curator based in Cambridge, MA. She works part-time in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s contemporary department, where she contributed an essay to In the Company of Artists, a compendium documenting the Museum’s prestigious Artist-in-Residency program, which started in 1992. Prior to working at the Gardner, Barliant was based in New York, where she worked as a critic and curator. As curatorial advisor to the EFA Project Space, she curated the exhibition As We Were Saying, an exhibition about the resurgence of identity politics in art, which was reviewed by Holland Cotter for the New York Times. She is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at Emerson College.