Claire Manning

Claire Manning

Artist, Maker, Film-maker, Project manager

I make collages that may only fully and completely exist in the minds-eye of the observer. These montages are held loosely in place, folded temporarily or built-up through assemblage, juxtaposition, installation, film or amassing of images. I work with appropriated images and non-places which feel overlooked, abandoned and lost, commenting on issues relating to identity, power, control and desire, and exploring how vulnerable fixed ideas are to subversion.

Recent work focuses on how images of women are portrayed in the mass media, pairing 1930’s photographic postcards with a ‘twin’ in a similar posture sourced from a contemporary fashion magazine. These result in a variety of collages and montages quite disparate in terms of construction method, scale, and medium.

I’m fascinated by shifting realities.

I’m drawn to the ability of the photograph to trap something living in deathly stillness and in the power of film to re-animate what’s lost and gone.

I collect image fragments from different sources and construct them into something new that connects different ideas and moments to produce ephemeral, fresh possibilities that contain a hint of truth.


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Location London & the South East, London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Creative writing, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
Tags collage, photographs, prints, animations, assemblage, installations, layering, fracture, power & control, shifting realities

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