Clare Carswell MA (RCA), is a British/Irish artist working with performance, drawing and installation to make works for the gallery or the public space. Performing for platform events and in museums and galleries in the UK and internationally, she has also performed in a chateau, a cathedral, in a bathroom, at a birthday party and in the street. She is always pleased to work with curators but also enjoys working in an unmediated way to take her work to new and non-art audiences.
Clare uses song or the spoken word as well as strategies of play, comedy and improvisation in works that are open to situation and moment. Rooted in a fine art sensibility and feminist strategies, they use object, gesture
and the drawn mark to make works that are interactive and that migrate between the planned and the spontaneous. She seeks to engage with audience to invoke personal or collective culturally resonant memories and to propose new and inventive ways of sharing our stories and imaginings. Contrived acts of arrival, greeting, welcome and temporary settlement appear in works that ponder the impulse for identification of place as home and the embodied memories of the diaspora.
Clare started 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 developing reflective practice that leads to felt sense images that are vibrant, energetic and spontaneous.
Clare curates the work of other artists through COUCOU www.coucoucuration.com She invites women artists over fifty to do flexible DWELL residencies at the studio or in their own studio space or home.
Clare studied for a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and has an MA from The Royal College of Art London. She was born in London and works from her studio in the Vale of White Horse near to Oxford.