A pained murmur came from Claudia Flynn's "Collateral Damage," a patina-encrusted fusion of an antique doll head and burial urn that concerns "the senseless loss of unintended targets." Effectively, an artifactual response to modern warfare.
Alexander Castro, Writer
The size and shapes, the delicate areas and small dangling black ribbons, the heaviness of the marble skull and book resting inside a cavern brought me to a mysterious place. Inside this window of special proportion and past history, we are brought to another cavern - a chest of lungs and bone, soft and hard. Flynn's shrine with all its pieces and parts is a curiously arranged artifact.
Shari Weschler Rubeck, Independent Curator
Warwick Museum of Art
Flynn's sculptures are vignettes and portraits, equal parts intellectual/universal and sentimental/personal. In her work, Flynn is summoning ghosts - some of which are her own. Her metaphorical final forms offer us complex narratives about the interaction between individual recollection, archetypal histories and an object's time-vulnerable identity and purpose. There is a feeling that there is a living presence in each sculpture; they are sacred, hunted and precious things.
J. Fatima Martins, Writer
Flynn takes a diverse collection of gilded bones, doll parts, dirt, steel, nail polish, shoe forms, a tarred feather, a leather hoop, x-rays, sticks and bronze and reassembles them into psychic chimeras. She is a synthesist, conjuring physical forms for things that can be felt but not touched.
Alexander Castro, Writer
Art New England Magazine
The ability to recognize the metaphorical potential of everyday objects doesn't happen on a whim - it requires a deep inner journey and concentrated consciousness that often changes the way one views the world. Flynn's artwork bridges the psychological and aesthetic nature of these inner and outer journeys.
Brian Goslow, Writer
Claudia Flynn can be rightly described as a poet of the Soul. Few contemporary artists are as engaged in soul-making as Flynn, who works in a variety of media and materials but seems most at home with assemblage; making use of found objects that she combines in always intriguing ways that move the soul and spark magic.
Paul Forte, Writer
Newport Naked Magazine
The work of Claudia Flynn has for me an interesting quality - the ability to channel the deepest sort of prehistoric feelings that are able to connect she and her art to something larger, something one might call the 'universe.'
Viera Levitt, Curator
The pieces are predominately dark in color, mostly brown and black, the color of mud and deep earth. Like the first humans sketching cave walls or digging in the clay, Flynn draws on primal sources and organic materials to bring awareness of a world we inhabit but rarely understand.
Doug Norris, Arts & Living Editor
South County Independent
Flynn can make art that's personal and poetic as well as political.
Bill Van Siclen, Art Critic
The Providence Journal
Claudia Flynn's "Bird," is an elegant work not easily forgotten. But it is not merely the elegance and simplicity of the piece that makes it so memorable. Flynn is on what might be called a "mission-quest." She is a rarity among artists today; a true believer in the power of the mythical, and the importance of art when it comes to revealing a realm of experience that she believes many have lost touch with but all of us have access to.
Paul Forte, Artist and Essayist
Horsehair, human hair, animal teeth, and blood... it reads like a list of props for a production of Macbeth. In fact, these are some of the organic materials artist Claudia Flynn employs in her artwork that articulates her fascination with ancient world cultures. Flynn's work explores age-old practices, taboos and archetypes of the human condition.
Susan Kimmerlein, Writer
SO Rhode Island Magazine
A large contemplative photo image by Claudia Flynn emerges from the deep recesses of our collective unconscious and asks the hovering rhetorical question, "is it only through death that we can find peace?" That rings loudly to the minds ear as a Zen koan with both hands clapping.
Angelo Marinosci, Jr., Writer
You can expect a recapitulation of Flynn's ideas about the past and an introduction to her current way of thinking. You won't be disappointed by this show from a well traveled artist who likes to work with a variety of materials. She features herself in this show as an artist and as a human being. The works shown together create an inseparable harmony of art and life.
Ilona Niebal-Buba, Writer