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Carousel, 2011

Carousel, 2011

Gouache on card

All courtesy the Artist

Taking the machine as subject, Claire Mitten attempts to express each device's characteristics and explore its materiality by making models out of rough-painted cardboard, which she then transfers to 2D with gouache on paper. The imperfect edges and folds, the rips and tears, smudges and stains of the handmade, brings the viewer into the sheer hard reality of the surface of things within our own physical domain.

Clare Mitten

Clare Mitten's work begins from a curiosity about objects and their 'actual' and 'imagined' appearance in the real world. The artist uses the familiarity of everyday Tech - laptops, mobile phones, projectors and printers - to function as a kind of 'anchor' to hold the world still. The process of attempting to objectively describe something, while at the same re-creating it, allows similarities and connections to other disparate ideas about these objects to be playfully explored.

Clare Mitten studied at the Royal College of Art (MA Painting, 2004 - 2006), University of Gloucestershire (BA Hons Fine Art Painting, 1998 - 2001), and University of Sussex (BA Hons History of Art with French, 1990 - 1994). She has recently exhibited at the Folkestone Triennial, Transition Gallery and Jerwood Space. Awards include the Jerwood Painting Fellowship; the Helen Chadwick Memorial Prize, Royal College of Art (2005) and British Council Artist Residencies to Tbilisi, Georgia (2010) and Dhaka, Bangladesh (2008).