“I’M INTERESTED IN ‘CULTURAL LAG’ IN TERMS OF HUMAN UNDERSTANDING AND ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY. IT’S EASY TO FEEL FEAR, FRUSTRATION AND A SENSE OF BEING LEFT BEHIND, AS OUR LIVES BECOME INCREASINGLY MEDIATED THROUGH MACHINES."
Clare Phelan is an artist/printmaker who works directly with the ancestors of our computer age. In the making of her distinctive abstract prints, she uses found objects of the nineteenth and twentieth-century coding technology, including textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch cards. Narratives around Man and Machine inform her practice.
Winner of the Scott Creative Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2019, Clare was also shortlisted for the London Contemporary Art Prize 2019 and the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking 2017.
She lives and works in the post-industrial heartland of West Yorkshire, which provides constant inspiration for her work.
2019 London Contemporary Art Prize – Shortlisted
2019 The Scott Creative Arts Foundation (SCAF) Emerging Artist Award – Winner
2018 Wigan S.T.E.A.M (Science: Technology: Engineering: Art: Maths) Bursary
2017 Flourish Award – Intaglio Printmakers Prize (People’s Choice)
2017 Flourish Award For Excellence In Printmaking – Shortlisted
2017 Art& RAW Talent Award