Claire Anscomb

Photography by Jason Dodd

Claire is an artist and philosopher. She completed her BA in Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art in 2014, following which she undertook both her MA and PhD degrees in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent. She completed her PhD in 2019 with her doctoral thesis entitled 'On the Significance of Automaticity in Image-Making Practices'. She is the 2021-22 recipient of the British Society of Aesthetics Postdoctoral Award for her project, 'Creating Images with AI', which she is working on in the Philosophy Department at the University of Liverpool.

Through her artistic work Claire explores themes surrounding visibility and the diverse application of this concept in art and contemporary culture. This is manifested in the construction of meticulous drawings that tackle subjects ranging from  "invisible illness" to the preservation of memory and to the hidden world of artist's studios. In particular, Claire uses drawing as a tool with which to simulate the appearance of, and thereby challenge the dominance in thinking of, photography as an objective medium through which distant places and events are made visible to us.

However, her labour intensive process additionally lends itself to further meaning by, through this additive process, reflecting the way narrative is constructed, for example. 

In her philosophical work, Claire works primarily in aesthetics. Her research focuses on issues pertaining to creativity, art production, and medium-specificity. In particular, she is interested in questions that arise around "automatic", or labour-saving, ways to produce images, such as photography. Alongside her research activities, Claire teaches Foundation Art and Design, and works as an Art History and Drawing Tutor. Previously, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kent where she taught on modules including: 'Drawing: History and Practice' and 'Introduction to Aesthetics'. She also edits the peer-reviewed journal Debates in Aesthetics.