Clare French

French’s works operate as poetic objects that elicit a slow, engaged observation and affective response in the viewer.  Working in series undermines traditional categories of meaning and facilitates a multifaceted engagement with individual pieces and their relationships with each other.

The primarily monochrome practice relies on the organisation of surfaces as traces of labour, time and consideration, based on arbitrary systems that operate an internal logic. 

Her actions and use of a single format reference the Modernist grid, which continues to serve as a reductive framework for nuance and depth.  In the artist’s practice, the grid operates not as an end in itself, but as a possible, or default outcome of her process-based practice. 

Process and repetition form the basis of French’s methodology, questioning hierarchies of making and materials. The attention is devoted to exposing the incongruities of her labour and on a ‘concrete’ use of materials as meaningful in themselves, in order to generate unexpected uncertainties, ‘flaws’ and transformations within her work.