Photo: Clare Smith in Dover, South East

Clare Smith

Artist, Project manager

My work embodies process and emphasises the importance of making. My choice of materials is informed by my mixed Chinese/English cultural heritage and I particularly like working with paper. I have been working recently on contemplative pieces involving repeated marks. I am interested in the idea of the presence of the subject and a critique of the heroic gesture of the artist: Where is the subject in, on the face of it, “impersonal” or “anonymous” marks? "I am interested in the idea of presence – how the subject might be present even within apparent absence." I think that structures, ordered spaces with everything packed neatly into boxes is what will give me safety or is what I want, but actually, they don’t, the structures just collapse … there is something ridiculous about trying to make things fit neatly. Perhaps, my work is also about things not quite fitting. I draw as a way of slowing down. The act of drawing is a curb on the urge to ‘do something’ and repetition and process take away the anxiety of not knowing what to draw. Although I try to resist the gestural, my hand cannot be fully controlled: the personal cannot help but make its mark - a kind of insistence. I am interested in the dialogue I have with the materials I use - it is my way of connecting with the world.

Location Dover, South East
Activities Residencies, Public art, Exhibitions programme, Events management, Visual arts consultancy
Artforms / type of project Education project, Project, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media
Tags paper, thread, , printmaking, stitch

News & Events

  • Stitched Time

    LIMBO, Bilton Square, Margate, CT9 1EE A project initiated and organised by Clare Smith 14 Nov - 23 Nov Fri 14 November 2014, 6-9pm Open Fri-Sun, 12-5pm Supported by Arts Council England

  • Print Informs

    I am showing mono prints in an exhibition of printmakers at The Mayor's Parlour Gallery, London, 153-159 Bow Road

  • A Fine Line

    11/02/2014 – 15/03/2014
    Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

    Group exhibition

    Find out more

  • Wobudong

    12/03/2014 – 16/03/2014
    Three Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

    The exhibition brings together works that are influenced by the actions, traces and aesthetics of handwriting or its ephemera – the lines and grids that guide it.

    Find out more

  • RiTUAL. Bookshow

    I've made some artist's books for RiTUAL at 110 CHURCH Gallery, in Philadelphia.

  • Wo Bu Dong: an exhibition of texts without meaning

    an exhibition organised by artist Jayne Lloyd as the culmination of a year long project that included a residency at the 501 Arts Space, Chongqing.

  • Nautical Threads

    I am leading on an education project for Dover District Schools. More info here