April 6 - May 7
Ventures Gallery

Friday, April 6
5 pm - 7 pm

Year one at the
Rehoboth Art League

Chloe Irla

Irla Chloe, 2017, Monthly Birthdays, digital painting on fabric, 18” x 30”



Chloe Irla grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia. She attended McDaniel College in Westminster, MD before receiving an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She has exhibited nationally and has been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. As an educator, she has taught studio art courses at MICA, Anne Arundel Community College, and the University of Maine at Farmington. Chloe is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at McDaniel College, where she teaches digital and new media art courses. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Felix.


           Chloe Irla, Months Comparisons, 2017, digital painting on fabric, 13” x 30”


I maintain an interdisciplinary studio practice grounded in both traditional and alternative approaches to painting. My body of work produced over the last seven years has been heavily reliant on the integration
of digital print and web-based media and the collection of data through self-tracking. I have created work about subjects ranging from bullies I encountered throughout my life (73 Jerks), to my childhood bedrooms (17 Bedrooms), to the sunrise and sunset times recorded during a winter season I spent living in rural Maine (Inaugural Winter). With this group of projects, I attempt to identify patterns and analyze the circumstantial information surrounding each subject. I am the daughter of a corporate accountant and was taught at an early age the importance and value of good record keeping. The media I employ are diverse–illustration and print design, architectural floor plans and models, traditional fiber art, and digital photography and collage, for example–and materiality is
specifically chosen to best support the idea of a given project.
The Year One series visualizes data collected throughout my daughter's first year of life: the time of each nursing session, pumping session, nightly sleep and morning wake-up time, nap, diaper, bath, bottle, and solid food acceptance. Through this body of work, I aim to make the invisible labor of parenthood visible by bringing attention to the amount of time that goes into raising a child, especially when that child is a newborn. Each piece can be read as a calendar with each line representing twenty-four hours in a day. The colored elements within the pieces represent different activities throughout the day, and the attached key can be used to decipher what took place on each specific day.

 Selected Images



Chloe Irla, Month 1, 2017, digital painting on fabric, 38” x 30”

Chloe Irla, Month 1 vs. Month 2, 2017, digital painting on fabric, 38” x 30”


Chloe Irla, Month 9, 2017, digital painting on fabric, 38” x 30”

Chloe Irla, Month 11, 2017, digital painting on fabric, 38” x 30”


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