Clare Twomey

Artist

Clare Twomey's Blossom, a major new commission, launched Cape Farewell's Winter Season 07/08 at the Eden Project. The vast and delicate work comprised of thousands of fragile unfired china clay flowers wove in and out of the central pathway at the Eden Project site interacting with the horticultural displays. The flowers deteriorated by the hour and day responding to the conditions of the weather, exposed and vulnerable.

Clare is a British artist who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts Council and Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan).

She is actively involved in critical research in the area of the applied arts, including writing, curating and making. She has developed work, which expands the field's knowledge of larger scale installation.

Clare's collaboration with Wedgwood and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, September 2006 saw an intervention that was made to create an interaction with the museum and the audience. The work Trophy filled the cast courts with 4000 Jasper Blue birds. The birds sitting amongst the classical sculptures created a three-dimensional landscape to walk within. The mystery of their arrival contrasts with the audience's choice to take one from the vast collection.

Previously to this Consciousness/Conscience involved the production of 3000 units of porcelain to create a temporary floor at the Ceramic Biennial in Korea. The floor was crushed by the participation of the audience during the exhibition period. This work was also included in a major exhibition at the Crafts Council in 2003. Approaching Content curated by Jonathan Parsons, saw Clare's work take a prominent roll contributing to contemporary discussions on clay. The work exhibited was Consciousness/Conscience and it went on to tour at the Harris Museum. In 2004 the same work was exhibited at the TATE Liverpool's exhibition A Secret History of Clay: From Gauguin to Gormley.

The themes of Clare's work are influenced by observations of human interaction and political behavior. She continues to develop work which pursues her interest in space, architectural interventions and the gallery as destination.

Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
 
Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
 
 
Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
 
Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
 
 
Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
 
Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)
 
 
 
 
Vast and delicate work comprises of thousands of fragile unfired china clay flowers

Clare Twomey, Blossom, 2007, (detail)