About Claire Manning
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Each drawing is constructed from words repeated multiple times. They shape the forms that intertwine across the paper. These words may be mine or, if a piece is commissioned, yours, reminders of a special memory or event or a personal message to a loved one. The text used gives each piece its title.
This work explores intense personal experiences and emotional events that happened to me when a long term relationship broke down. They are built up in separate layers of intense colour, pattern and form. Each piece offers obscured revelations. Phrases repeat like a mantra but are voiced so many times they eventually become meaningless and lose their power. They writhe across the page trapped in organic forms that are in never-ending motion, built up like layers of sediment. Bursts of colour are anchored in darkness. The results may be fixed – trapped on the page – but they also have an impermanence that means they will fade with time.
A2 and A4 original drawings on cotton rag paper using a
combination of Staedtler
My work has been shown in a number of exhibitions including Whitstable Biennale Satellite (2016), Maidstone Museum Bentlif Art Gallery (2016), 51zero Film and Arts Festival (France, 2015) (Kent, 2014), and Chelsea Collage of Arts (2013). I was short listed for the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize in 2014.