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Born in Nova Scotia, Cluett completed a BFA at NSCAD and an MFA (1994) at the University of Guelph. Between degrees she specialized in photography. It was in Guelph that she turned to painting emulsion-like surfaces with motifs that further fuse references to image-making technologies and traces of the body. Works of the late 1990s contained emoticons, face-like e-mail shorthand for gestures such as smiles, winks and kisses. Works of the past five years display irruptions in their pristine surfaces that suggest scars in skin or punctures in a photographic emulsion. Cluett teaches at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Her work has appeared in solo exhibitions at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto; and recently in Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo.