Photography by Jason Dodd
Claire is a practicing artist and academic. 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'.
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 academic work, Claire works primarily in philosophical 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 has worked as an Art History and Drawing Tutor at Sutton College and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kent where she taught on modules including: 'Drawing: History and Practice' and 'Introduction to Aesthetics'. She is also one of the current editors of the peer-reviewed journal Debates in Aesthetics.