Six Feet Under: Behind the Scenes

Claire's Artwork

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Six Feet Under: Behind the Scenes

Claire's Artwork

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Medusa Portrait

Episode 101

It wasn't until season two that Claire's calling as an artist is announced by her Aunt Sarah. But this piece was always in her room. It's like our little secret. The set decorator, Rusty Lipscomb, always analyzes the characters' psychology so deeply. We decided that this was something Claire had done in school or as a self-portrait. But the piece has never been 'announced' on the show.

Alan Poul - Executive Producer

Claire is a really angry teenage girl, and the producers said that's what they needed to convey. The timing was great: I was getting divorced from my husband. So I said, 'Yeah, I can do angst.' I used materials that I used when I was 16 or 17: charcoal, inky, collage-y things that were kind of messy. I was big into self-portraits then too. And Medusa is such a dramatic figure -- "don't come near me or I'll turn you into stone." Seemed appropriate for a really pissy teenage girl.

Margot Lovinger - Artist

What a marvelous portrait it is. When we redid Claire's room in season three, I put it in a prominent place, so when you shoot Claire in bed, you see the picture at the same time.

Rusty Lipscomb - Set Decorator