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Claire Bliss: Work so far
Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 4:30 pmFree
As an artist, I am intrigued by many materials and techniques; this exhibition is an accumulation of some of my 2D work – I have included pencil/pen drawings, paintings and photographs. I love to create highly detailed drawings, and where possible add some sort of depth to pieces – I don’t want to create work purely for aesthetics.
Five works included are pieces I was commissioned to create for ‘The Luton Fun Palace’ – an event in Luton a couple of years back; three of which are of buildings around Luton. I tried incorporate lots of different elements of Luton into them, for example in ‘Treasures Uncovered’ parts of it are based on a derelict building that caught my eye while I wandered round town taking photos and getting ideas, but in it I’ve also included some tiles inspired by those I saw on the walls of a supermarket that was being renovated. In ‘Fragmented History’ I was inspired by some broken windows – by the distortions and reflections in them – I thought it would be interesting if I ‘captured’ an old building from Luton reflected in the window – upon doing some research I discovered a beautiful old library that was sadly demolished years ago – so I decided to represent this forgotten building. Finally ‘Luton’s Sacred Triangle’ brings together three different faiths, and places of worship around the town – integrating them and connecting them as one and as equals.
My influences are varied; for 2D work I am inspired by M.C.Escher, Leonardo da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall. I love colour, nature and patterns, I tend to be inspired on a daily basis as I go about my life. Anything out of the ordinary fascinates me; I like to spend time in junk shops and I am intrigued by different cultures.
Throughout my life I have always been intensely passionate about what I create, so it was inevitable I would go on to study it more in-depth after school. I completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design, at Bedford College, specialising in 3D Design; after finishing this I went on to do a HND in 3D Design there as well, these courses gave me a solid basis and the knowledge of materials that I needed in order to continue developing my work. I then went on to study Fine and Applied Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University where I revelled in experimenting with many different materials, going on to specialise in the combination of glass and ceramics – it fascinated me to see how these materials reacted with each other and how I could push the boundaries.
I graduated a few years ago and since then I have been continuing my practise, focusing more on the 2D element of my work, as I have yet to gain access to a kiln. In the future I hope to display my work more in galleries, work on projects with people in the community and collaborate with other artists.
I take commissions, so please feel free to contact me if you are interested.