Approved: 16.08.2006

Claire Douglass

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts Your culture hates you. No, really it does. There are so many ways that the culture we collude with, works against our best interests. You can see it in the various artifices and self-mutilations we employ to reinforce our visible femininity, masculinity or youthfulness, but it could also be seen in the unattainable and conflicting aspirations that permeate our ideas of, Motherhood, alpha-masculinity,

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Artforms / Project Types: Painting, Textiles
 

Biography

Concepts Your culture hates you. No, really it does. There are so many ways that the culture we collude with, works against our best interests. You can see it in the various artifices and self-mutilations we employ to reinforce our visible femininity, masculinity or youthfulness, but it could also be seen in the unattainable and conflicting aspirations that permeate our ideas of, Motherhood, alpha-masculinity, the good life, success, the happy family. Take your pick, there’s any number of ways to measure yourself and be found wanting. It seems that to varying degrees, we have all been conscripted to reproduce the collective fiction of whatever culture we’ve inherited. If these ideas weren’t so damaging to the participants, they might be no more than a series of interesting observations, but there is private shame when we collude with, but cannot ourselves mirror the attributes that we aspire to. The anomaly between societal myth and our personal experience, the space where our own experience doesn’t quite match up to the expected culturally enforced model, that’s the bit I’m interested in. I am presently engaged in creating images that could have come from a parallel universe where these ideas are no more than historical artefacts. A universe where maybe the human species is allowed to be less than perfect. Influences Louise Bourgeois, Cornelia Parker, Tristram Hillier, Tony Cragg, Christian Dior, The V &A Areas of work Exhibiting Private commissions Collections The De La Rue Collection, London

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1998 - MA, Illustration, Royal College of Art, London 1983 - BA Hons, Fashion, Central St Martins School of Art, London Solo exhibitions 2002 - Everything We Have Is Yours, Sutton House, London 1993 - Solo show, Hyde Park Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2011 - Same place/different faces, Idea Generation Gallery, Shoreditch, London E2 2007 - Mapping, Bury Art Gallery & Museum, Bury 2007 - Mapping, Bury Art Museum & Art Gallery, Bury, North West UK 2007 - Memories, Moments and other Curiosities, Saltburn Artists' Projects, North East 2006 - History, Leicester New Walk Museum, Leicester 2000 - Hidden Art, Hackney, London 1999 - Art 99 with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London 1999 - Sotheby's Contemporary Arts, Sotherbys, London 1997 - De la Rue Awards, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1997 - Folio Society Awards, Royal College of Art, London 1993 - Open Exhibition, Argile Gallery, London Publications 2011 - Beige Magazine. Interview