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MATS Testimony

On Monday of this week I testified at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. during the public comment period—which was only one day long—against the Trump Administration’s proposed weakening of the Mercury And Air Toxics Standards (MATS). I went to the EPA as part of Mom’s Clean Air Force. More information, and calls to action are here on the Moms site.
My testimony is below. 

Good morning, my name is Claire Brandt. I am here from Seattle WA.

MATS applies not just to Mercury regulation, it also applies to regulation of other toxic chemicals: arsenic, chromium and nickel, which can cause cancer.

I am a recent cancer survivor. As such, I cannot tolerate that the Trump Administration’s EPA wants to neutralize regulations that protect us from carcinogenic pollution.

Furthermore, I grew up, in the 1970’s and 80’s in Tacoma Washington, the site of Asarco’s copper smelter, now a Superfund site. That smelter spewed arsenic all over Tacoma in my most vulnerable developmental years. That arsenic still pollutes the water and soil of the region. The lack of regulation during those years has done untold harm—literally untold because it hasn’t been explicitly studied, despite Asarco being a Superfund site.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I do not have any of the known genetic markers for cancer. I don’t know if spending my early life under the Asarco plume has bearing on my cancer or not. But I do not think that it is an irrelevant coincidence.

I am an artist, and throughout my cancer treatment I made paintings of what was happening to me—that was part of how I coped. I am submitting reproductions of some of these paintings as a record of what happens to a body affected by cancer, one of the impacts of exposure to chemical toxins.

I brought one small painting to show, the subject is a shot I self-administered four times a week during my chemo. It was intended to boost my immunity because chemo suppressed my white blood cell count.

Thank you for your time and attention. Please do not undermine the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Above is an image of the painting I showed at the hearing. It is part of my Surviving project, which I alluded to in my testimony. You can see the rest of it here»


States of Being Live at LaPop, Washington D.C.

Performances March 21 – 23

Friday, March 22, 2019, 7 – 10 pm

Performances with Volunteer Models
Thursday, March 21, 7 – 10 pm
Friday, March 22, 7 – 10 pm 
Saturday, March 23,  1 – 4 pm

Sunday, March 24, 1 – 4 pm

March 21 – April 28, 2019

1847 Columbia Road NW, Washington D.C. 20009

Free and open to the public

The finished work will be on view at the LaPop Gallery through April 28, 2019

I am excited to present States of Being Live, at LaPop, a cultural salon, in Washington D.C., this March.

States of Being Live is a collaborative, community work of life-size-life-drawings that I will make with volunteer models. Each person will pose for about 20 minutes while I draw a whole body portrait of her/him/them. The portraits will layer on top of each other, creating an accumulation of figures and a whole, abstract drawing of the community in which individuals are visible.  See the gallery below for images of previous SBL projects.

If you would like to try your hand at making your own life-size-life-drawing, On Sunday, March 24, I will hold a workshop for people interested trying this project.

To be scheduled to volunteer, use the button below to email me. Please indicate what day and time you’d like to be there. Each model session will take about 20 minutes.
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Previous States of Being Live Projects

Retail Therapy Show

September 2016
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be showing my work at Retail Therapy this September!
Join me for the opening on during the Capitol Hill Art Walk, September 8, 2016.


Claire Brandt’s paintings and drawings wrestle with tensions between singular and multiple—in both form and meaning. This takes shape in her work as either single figures that hold multiple meanings, or as works with an accumulation of figures. Multiplicity will feature her projects States of Being Live and Bra Portraits.

Exhibition: September 8 – 30, 2016
Opening: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5 – 9pm, Capitol Hill Art Walk
Location: Retail Therapy, 905 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Get Directions

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Summer Open Studios!

Find me in Studio #113 on the first floor.
Come and see my new work! Model for me! Snacks!
Sunday June 5, 2016, 1 – 6pm.
Be an artist model for short time! I am practicing drawing from life at life-size this summer, and I need volunteer models. I will be drawing in my studio, #113, and would like to work with anybody willing for about 20 minutes at a time. Clothed models only!


Twice a year Inscape Arts and Culture opens the doors to you to come and see what the 200 artists who work in the building are up to. We have painters, photographers, bike makers, robot builders, puppet makers, print makers and every form of expression under the sun working here. Check it all out—walk through this amazing historic building.

Free Admission

815 Seattle Blvd South (formerly Airport Way South)
Seattle, WA 98134

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Shunpike Storefronts Spring 2016

March – July 2016
Art Tour with artists and Shunpike Tuesday, April 19, 6 to 7 pm.
Meet at the corner of Terry and Mercer.

South Lake Union District
“Them” 2010, is installed in a street-facing window on the Amazon campus. It is on Harrison Street between Terry Ave N. and Boren Ave N. (around the corner from the Cuoco Italian restaurant).
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March 2016: SHIZEN Naturel Show

Installation view of my work, Fin III.
The work next to it is Patricia Hagen’s “Asea”.
SHIZEN 自然 Naturel
Bryan Ohno Gallery
3 – 19 March 2016
Opening Reception 6 –8PM 3 March 2016

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