Photo: Clare Smith in Dover, South East

Clare Smith

Artist, Project manager

My work emphasises the importance of making and time-intensive, repetitive handwork. I work mainly with paper and often use thread and stitch or references to textiles and lace-like structures as metaphors for the fragility of the body. Her choice of materials is informed by her mixed Chinese/English cultural heritage.

Recent work comprises contemplative pieces involving repeated marks and makes use of ready-made grids or constructed quasi-grids. Working with process in this way means working from an inner sense of compulsion rather than from the visual.

“My work often explores the seemingly pointless or purposeless, as in the stitched marks on Chinese rice paper made as part of Stitched Time and drawing acts as a curb on the urge to ‘do something’. Repetition and process take away the anxiety of not knowing what to draw. Sometimes I cannot make the kind of mark intended, because of what the support or material I am using will allow me to make, but at the same time the personal cannot help but make its mark.

I am also interested in ideas around authorship, the dynamics of collective making and the notion of multiples as a metaphor for an individual’s relationship to the group.

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Location Dover, South East
Activities Workshops, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
Tags paper, thread, printmaking, stitch, grid, process, video, painting

News & Events

  • Stitched Time tours to Folkestone

    Stitched Time is touring to Folkestone as part of WOW Folkestone from 2 March - 7 March 2015.

  • Deep East Winter open exhibition

    16/01/2015 – 30/01/2015
    The Mayor's Parlour Gallery; 1st Floor, Bow House, 153-159 Bow Road, London E3 2SE

    Curated by the Counter Collective. Opening 16 Jan 2015, 6-10pm. Open Sundays 2-5pm and Tuesday - Friday by appointment only. +44 (0)77 3701 1176

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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