Clare Flatley - Ceramic/ Glass/ Sculpture

I am an artist utilising sculptural installation and the visceral qualities of materials such as ceramic and glass to create experiences of strangeness and the uncanny.

At the core of my practice is a desire  to blur distinctions between empirical definitions.  I aim to create objects with a strangeness inherent in them, that confront the viewer with something  that disobeys an accepted reality. For instance I have used ceramics to blur a distinction between biology and geology, creating states of growth and decay in apparently inert substances. 

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My work is centred on  the materials and processes of Ceramic and Glass, I approach them by researching their specific characteristics, and attempting to express them in anthropomorphic and universal terms. 

My recent degree show focused on the transformations of metals in the firing process inspired by research into the process and ideas of traditional Alchemy. In the past I have also worked alongside other artists to create site specific environments and installations exploring shared interests in architecture, the sanctity of urban space in the modern landscape and the cinematic experience. 

Inspiration

During my MA at the Royal College of Art my dissertation research drew on the philosophies of the Alchemists, as developing their own personal psychology and understanding of the universe through the technical mastery of physical materials. I saw the way in which they worked through a processing of raw material to refine it, develop it and understand it to reach a state of perfection, as a fundamental human activity that strongly relates to the activities of an artist. 

 

I am strongly influenced by science fiction literature and cinema, which is often described as using the narrative device of 'cognitive estrangement'. This relates to Science fiction's ability to offer an experience of something uncannily different, that can be alluring and terrifying at the same time, but that is ultimately used to allow a broader perspective, to look back on the familiar with new light. 

Education 

2007-2011

BA(honours) Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland

2016-2018

MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, London

Awards 

2018

2018

2017

2016

2014

2012

Worshipful Company of Tin Workers Tin Competition, London

Charlotte Fraser WIP Award, London

Charlotte Fraser Hardship Award, London

Visual Arts Bursary Award, Edinburgh

Hope Scott Trust Grant Award, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy Architecture Award, RSA New Contemporaries 

Exhibitions 

2018

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

Show RCA 2018, Royal College of Art, London

WIP Show 2018, Royal College of Art, London

The Emerging and the Established, Christie's Auction House, London

Coup de Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh

RSA Open 2015, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

PATHS, The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh

Loxodrome, ReMap Festival, Athens, Greece

PARADISO, India Buildings, Edinburgh

Cast Contemporaries, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh 

Cast Contemporaries, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh 

RSA New Contemporaries 2012, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

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