Approved: 02.04.2012

Claire Mc Dermott

Artist

Approved: 02.04.2012

My work is at the intersection between art and science and places me in an interesting really realm.  I have used the methodology of exploring a floating seed and spent energy in nature in my artwork.  The initial focus is on spent plants for their individuality, unpredictability and asymmetrical contours.  Taking these curiosities as an initiative I create a view to observe the irregularity and enigmatic aspect of nature.  Each artwork is a record of time, a personal interpretation of what is seen and felt, a contemplation of the bigger picture, full of content and multiple links, while one evolves, another matures.  By building characters that hold back some of their reasoning is to create an inquisitiveness.  Absorbing the visuals of multiple layers of thought involved in each artwork aims to initiate a connection, an unspoken bond of pondering.

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        Artist Statement

        My work is at the intersection between art and science and places me in an interesting really realm.  I have used the methodology of exploring a floating seed and spent energy in nature in my artwork.  The initial focus is on spent plants for their individuality, unpredictability and asymmetrical contours.  Taking these curiosities as an initiative I create a view to observe the irregularity and enigmatic aspect of nature.  Each artwork is a record of time, a personal interpretation of what is seen and felt, a contemplation of the bigger picture, full of content and multiple links, while one evolves, another matures.  By building characters that hold back some of their reasoning is to create an inquisitiveness.  Absorbing the visuals of multiple layers of thought involved in each artwork aims to initiate a connection, an unspoken bond of pondering.

        From concerns for the ecology of plants my outlook has broadened to include the environment.  The intention is not to express issues through defiance but a willingness to explore as if to speak out loud.  My work is not intended to pull at heartstrings or to play on guilt about the natural world, rather it tells a story that is open so that a number of factors can be absorbed.  My approach is to bring about knowledgeable links so that a line of thought can be built.  To make the unconscious, conscious.  I do not set out to be self-righteous, if anything I want my work to be a whisper in the ear, the thoughts that you were thinking.

        CV & Education

         

        Claire Mc Dermott 

        Sculptor and Painter

         

        Education and Training:

        2020        Distinction in MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, London

        1996        Credit in HND Historic Decorative Crafts at De Montford University, Lincoln

         

        Solo Exhibitions:

        2018         Illusion:  Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum, WD17.

        2013         Persona: Curated by May Shetrit at The Gallery at Harrow Arts Centre (HAC), HA5

        2009         Evolving:  Fovea Gallery, Harrow, HA1

         

        Selected Group Exhibitions:

        2019         Emergent - MA Art and Science Open Studios, London, N19

        2019         The Setting with Maria Ribeiro, SU Exhibition & Project Space, London,WC1

        2019         Postgraduate Art Auction Lot#: 91, Lethaby Gallery, London, N1

        2019         TM Lighting Gallery - annual exhibition in partnership with Made in Arts, London (MiAL), WC1

        2019         Studio-Lab of Art and Science (SLoAS) with University of Westminster, WC1

        2019         Interim Show 2019 at Apiary Studios, London, E2

        2018         EmbryonicA - MA Art and Science, Open Studios, London, N19

        2017         Artsdepot Open Exhibition, shortlisted for 2017 award, London, N12

        2015         The Independent Artist Fair: TIAF at The Rag Factory, London, E1

        2015         RHS London Botanical Art Show, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1

        2015         Shortlisted for RI Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, W1

        2014         Joint exhibition with Johannes Von Stumm at the North Wall Art Centre, Oxford

        2014         The Independent Artist Fair: TIAF at The Rag Factory, London, E1

        2014         Art and Science, Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford, SG1

        2013         Selected at Marburae Art Gallery, Macclesfield, Cheshire

        2012         Culture: opening exhibition of the new white cube space at The Gallery, HAC, Harrow

        2012         Botanical Celebration at Westminster Central Hall, London, SW1

        2009         TwoGether: Jane McAdam Freud & Claire McDermott, Gradidg Gallery, WC1

        2005         Shortlisted for The Art of Love competition, OXO Tower, The Gallery, London, SE1

         

        Awards, Residencies, Events and Public Commission:

        2019         CERN: Invited for a week of lectures and events, Switzerland

        2019         Made in Arts London (MiAL) awarded representation, London,WC1

        2019         Studio-Lab of Art and Science (SLoAS) Symposium Westminster University, W1W

        2019         JOYA: AiR ecological field trip, Los Gazquez, Spain

        2019         Awarded Student Union funding for a film; titled Art Crit at Tate Exchange, SE1

        2019         Come Together, In A Time of Change at The Tate Exchange, SE1 

        2018         AA2A residency and exhibition at the Art & Design Chelmsford College

        2017         Awarded representation by Rise Art, Summerset House, WC2

        2016         Sculpture Symposium sculpture conference at The Royal Society of Sculptures

        2015         The Royal Horticultural Society awarded a silver-gilt medal

        2015         The Cill Rialaig Residency, County Kerry, Ireland.  Self-portrait installation

        2011         Awarded funding from Arts Council to create The Gallery, HAC, Harrow

        2009         The Meeting Tree: Commissioned by Harrow Council for Newton Farm Ecology Park .

        Artist talks:

        2017         The Sculpture Symposium Conference at The Royal Society of British Sculptors

        2017         Now what do we do?  Art & Design Chelmsford College

        2013         Persona: solo exhibition, HAC,  London, HA5      

        2013         To be Conceived: The Old Police Station, New Cross, London, SE14

        2012         Culture: Jeff Lowe, Rob Ward, Jane McAdam Freud and Claire McDermott at HAC

        2012         Enthusiasm or Ambition: at HAC, Harrow

        2011         Introduction: Sculpture Network held at Jeff Lowe’s studios, London, SE4

        2006         The Life of an Artist: St Alban’s Society, London, HA2

         

        Publications:

        2020         MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins’s catalogue

        2020        Made In Arts London(MiAL) 2020 catalogue

        2017         ForumArts Sculpture Symposium 2016

        2012         Culture published for the opening of The Gallery at HAC, Harrow

        2009         HVA catalogue supported by Winsor & Newton, Eggmeg and Harrow Council 

        2005         The Art of Love, catalogue of shortlisted artists for the London Art Prize

        2005         Catalogue of group exhibition at the Corn Exchange, London, EC3

         

        Member:  EXHIBIT, Axis, The Art Worker’s Guild and ForumArts.

         

        Work currently held at: Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Kent, Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ireland

         

        Internet:    

        www.facebook.com/clairemcdermott.artist

        https://www.instagram.com/claire__mcdermott/

         

        Contact:

        E: [email protected]                                                               

        W: www.clairemcdermott.co.uk