Clare Thornton

The Italic I

A practice-based collaboration with artist-writer Emma Cocker

Exhibition and publication launched at Project Space Plus, Lincoln, November 2014


The Italic I is a collaborative interdisciplinary project by Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, comprising new sculptural, time-based and textual works for exhibition, animated by a series of live events, a reading group and a performance reading in conjunction with a new publication. The first phase of this project was presented at Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln in November 2014.

Within The Italic I, Cocker and Thornton approach the gallery as gymnasium, a training space for exploring the different states of potential made possible through purposefully surrendering to the event of a repeated fall. The Italic I involves an attempt to slow and extend the duration of falling in order to suspend and elaborate upon its discrete phases or scenes, which in turn sheds light on the process of artistic collaboration itself and the making of meaning within creative labour.

We are seeking new vocabularies for reflecting on the labour within artistic practice. We address states of ‘not knowing’ within the creative process focusing on the act of collaboration itself as a site of desirable negotiation. We are striving to find the means for speaking about the experience of practice, wrestling with the idea of what it is to collaborate. The motif of the fall becomes the foil through which to reflect on the undisclosed, unnamed, or even invisible episodes within artistic endeavour, the various tipping points between thinking and action. Falling. Artistic Labour. Over and over, beginning again and again, repeating gestures, not for the perfection of a given move but rather moves towards deeper understanding.

The Italic I is a continuing series of exhibitions and performances. The second iteration was presented in Nottingham in 2016.

Limited Edition

A publication was produced as part of The Italic I as a limited edition of 500. It can be ordered through the studio here.

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We received funding from the Arts Council of England – Grants for the Arts to develop this series of exhibitions and performances.