Untitled 2003

Claire Barclay (born 1968, Paisley, Scotland, UK)

Claire Barclay juxtaposes contrasting materials in her work to create objects that challenge through their ambiguity. The incorporation of industrial and handmade elements focuses attention on the materials and the means of production. Handcraft in the so-called 'machine age' speaks paradoxically of luxury and necessity, therapy and idealism. The flaws that inevitably result from the craft process are both the trace of the human touch and indicator of its fallibility. Barclay’s work has a fetishistic appeal that arouses unease in the viewer. The significance of making things, why we create, is the conundrum at the centre of her practice. Correspondingly, the message of her work is the meaning we make from it.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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