In 2014, Chloe McEldowney received her BFA from the University of Dayton, taking an immediate interest in figurative drawing and painting. Her senior year, Chloe was awarded an Excellence in Visual Arts Award by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. She was also selected as a Dorothy & Bill Yeck College Artist Fellow through the Dayton Art Institute.
After graduating with her BFA, Chloe moved to various Midwestern cities, enjoying residencies and teaching opportunities. She’s been a resident artist at Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL and Access Arts in Columbia, MO. In 2018, Chloe relocated to Wilmington, Delaware where she currently works full-time from her studio.
Chloe’s works have been included in exhibitions, galleries, and museums across the United States, including The Dayton Art Institute, The Peoria Riverfront Museum, Anne Irwin Fine Art, The Delaware Contemporary, and most recently, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art.
My paintings are an exploration of femininity and a personal search for self. Fascinated by the intricacies of women, I use my paintings to take an intimate look at the concepts of femininity, anxiety, vulnerability, and emotionality.
The painting process is a search for emotional connection, performed in admiration and curiosity for all things that reflect women. I paint still life materials that are often deemed feminine: flowers, furs, glitter. I draw from the color palettes of female artists I admire. I collect visual and emotional fragments of the lives of other women and piece them intuitively in oil paint.
Overlapping bits of different textures and objects, I create an environment of tension and vulnerability within the painting. Although my work is deeply personal, I use painting to open a broader dialogue surrounding what it means to be a woman and to find a commonality with my viewer.