Photo: Claire Manning in London & the South East, London

Claire Manning

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Event organiser, Writer

I set myself challenges to explore and exploit the potential of processes and materials, layering, fracturing, disrupting, appropriating and displacing.

I make collages, prints, posters, animations, assemblages and installations. My collages don’t usually follow the traditional cut and glue approach but are held loosely in place, temporarily folded, or built-up purely in the minds-eye. Some pull the audience into them fleetingly and subtly through mirror, reflection, shadow or more direct means.

I work with appropriated images and spaces that feel overlooked, abandoned and lost, commenting on issues relating to power, control and desire, and exploring how vulnerable fixed ideas are to subversion. I often work with pictures of women, pairing a 1930’s photographic postcard with a ‘twin’ in a similar posture sourced from a contemporary fashion magazine. They’re a kind of self-portrait, locating the body in time, place and psychological space so I might understand it (and by extension myself) better.

I’m fascinated by shifting realities; in the ability of photographs to trap something living in deathly stillness and in moving image to re-animate what’s lost and gone. I collect scraps from different sources, constructing them into something new which connects different time periods and ideas to produce ephemeral, new possibilities that contain a hint of truth.

Additional information

News, events, exhibitions, work in progress: http://clairemanningart.wordpress.com/

Critical practice review: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/writing-as-learning

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Location London & the South East, London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Project management, 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
Website http://www.clairemanning.co.uk

News & Events

  • Shadow and reflections

    A collection of experimental studio work using shadow, reflection and translucent layers. The images will be stored here as I make them: http://wp.me/p2ZU29-eE

  • Response

    08/11/2014 – 29/11/2014
    Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, St Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent. ME14 1LH

    My new Vanitas piece will be shown as part of Making Art Work’s 'Response' exhibition in Maidstone Museum, November 2014 alongside new, original artworks by over 25 artists.

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  • 'On Tap' - A Site Responsive Exhibition by Making Art Work

    06/06/2014 – 09/06/2014
    VENUE: Brewery Tap, 53 Tontine Street, Folkstone, Kent, CT20 1JR. OPEN: Fri 6th June until Mon 9th June, 11am - 4pm daily. PRIVATE VIEW: Fri 6th June, 5.30pm – 8pm

    Inspired by the gallery’s former life as a pub artists create new works reflecting on its past life, combining memories, imagined traces & historical anecdotes with musings on shifting cultural trends

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