In 2010, Clare returned to academic studies and studied for an MA in Fine Art at Northumbria University. Following this, she completed a PhD in 2019, entitled ‘X Marks the Spot: Retriggering Experience X Through a Visual Arts Practice’ – examining how art can facilitate connections with place.
Clare’s work has always been about places, not remote locations alien to her but known spaces that she revisits often.
Over the past thirty years she has worked in a variety of forms and has produced drawings, paintings as well as more conceptual pieces that investigate and question ideas of place.
Clare will walk, photograph and sketch multiple times in order to understand the nature of the places that her artwork seeks to connect with. Drawing in situ provides an intense experience of the surroundings.
She believes that by sitting still and absorbing all that is there, allowing the place to come to you rather than seeking out any aspect with a particular agenda, the artist makes particular and profound connections.
Current work is inspired by Holywell Dene, a woodland area close to her home. Clare has regularly visited it for many years but intensely focused on it over the past year, when lockdown has required us to stay local.