Clare Thornton

Absent but Present

Modern Clay, Digbeth First Friday

4 – 25 May 2018

A presentation of selected works for Modern Clay studio based at Grand Union. These works were drawn from my latest body of work ‘Materials of Resistance’ which develops my longstanding interest in falling and folding.

Originally coming from a performance background, in recent years I have been working with a range of malleable materials, including my body in this mix, to test my thinking around repetition, transformation and the trans-decorative. A new publication to support this body of work was included as part of the display, containing contextual and experimental texts by writers/artists Phil Owen, Emma Cocker, Conor Wilson, Heike Roms and Natalie Raven.

I originally grew up in Birmingham and am now based in Plymouth. This sharing of new works with Modern Clay marked the beginning of an exchange between artists and curators in Birmingham and Plymouth supported by PAC Home and Grand Union. Lucy Rollins, Assistant Curator, Plymouth Art Centre, undertook studio visits with Modern Clay artists in residence. Modern Clay’s founder Mark Essen made a return visit to Plymouth to present an artist talk at PAC Home and meet with artists there. Through these kinds of exchange, our ambition is to open up dialogue between artists and curators in Birmingham and Plymouth, resulting in a strong network that creates new opportunities for artists in both cities.