Clare French

Clare’s reductive, monochrome practice considers the constructed, protean nature of human systems of meaning. She relies on the treatment of surfaces to index her own decisions and actions, and to expose broader hierarchies and incongruities of labour, making and materials. Clare’s practice is based in process, repetition and the use of artisanal materials, which she uses as meaningful in themselves. The transformation of materials, over time and by hand generates the unexpected within her practice.

Clare’s paintings operate as poetic objects that elicit a slow, engaged looking and affective response in the viewer. Her insistence on minimal, reductive systems intensifies attention on subtle changes and shifts within her surfaces, communicating the impossibility of the perfect, the finite, the absolute.

Clare graduated with a first class BA in Fine Art from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2018. She previously received a first class MA in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College. During her Fine Art BA Clare was shortlisted for the David Ballardie Memorial Travel Award and the Artists Collecting Society Award and was selected to participate in The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, Decorative Surfaces Paint Technique Practical Workshops.

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