The creative process draws upon autobiographical material and experiences. From collage with drawings and photos, to costumes with sewing and knitting, or simply writing to put images in the audiences’ minds. All these feed into, and are designed to generate live performance-based works that seek to elucidate states of mental and physical being.
Sally Madge - 07/06/09
"I was Claire’s personal tutor during her course of study on the MA in Fine Art at Sunderland University in 2003 and have kept up with her since. I have been impressed by her commitment and determination and the way she has developed her practice from small starting points at a local level to achieving a national profile. She has done all this in a comparatively short period of time.
Her performances are meticulously planned and executed, and whilst her practice is primarily performative she utilises elements of installation and sculpture to contextualise her physical presence and bodily actions. I have witnessed most of her durational performances and have been intrigued by the way that she manages to achieve an edgy balance between personal endurance and public spectacle, creating sculptural and architectural contexts for her repetitive, unrelenting, physical toil (and that of others), which has both a mesmerizing and disturbing effect on the viewer.
Claire has talent, imagination, tenacity and ambition. She has grown in confidence as her work has progressed and matured."