Clare Carswell MA (RCA), is a British artist working with performance, drawing and installation to make works for the gallery or the public space. Exhibiting for platform events and in museums and galleries in the UK and internationally, she has performed in a chateau, a cathedral, in a bathroom, at a birthday party and in the street.
In works such as SMILE KEEP SMILING, DESSERT & SUGAR SUGAR, that exist somewhere between public health warnings and faux burlesque, Clare examines the trials , and the comedy, of maintaining an ageing body. She reveals some of the adaptations that need to be made in order to inhabit it well and the necessity of celebrating its power and beauty by transforming physical or emotional sites of pain into moments of joy.
Recent works find Clare making artists’ books such as LAUNCH and WINGZING during the Covid-19 lockdown as she worked at home making private performances to camera in nature and the domestic space. These works come from a more reflective and meditative practice that leads to felt sense images that are vibrant, energetic and spontaneous. They celebrate the creative impulse as life force and identification with a chosen place as home.
Clare is currently developing new performative work as participant artist on the CREiA project with artists in Oxfordshire, London and Lisbon.www.msdm.org.uk/creia
Clare works from Overlay Studio just outside Oxford where she runs the Dwell residency programme for older women artists and curates exhibitions and events www.coucoucuration.com