Claire Barclay is a visual artist recognized for producing large-scale sculptural installations created in response to specific contexts. Using the mediums of sculpture and print, the artist engages a mainly process based, improvised approach to making art. Her work explores the role of materials and functionality, combining specially made elements to evoke thinking around the psychological relationships between human beings and the objects that we produce. Taking inspiration from a range of reference points, including historical artifacts, museum collections, craft practices, methods and places of production, and anthropological perspectives, the work plays with upsetting conventional hierarchies and assumptions in relation to value and meaning of materials and of materials and forms.
Claire Barclay lives in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Since then, she has exhibited consistently within a gallery context, although sometimes making commissioned sited works or working within an educational context. Most recently she has produced a solo exhibition Yield Point for Tramway Glasgow. She exhibited Trappings as part of ‘Generation’ at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art in 2014, and Bright Bodies, at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall as part of Glasgow International Festival 2016. In 2003 she represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale, with an installation titled ‘Low Scenic’ at the Pilazzo Giustinian-Lolin. Her first retrospective exhibition Openwide took place at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in 2009. Other solo exhibitions include Homemaking at The Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2000, Ideal Pursuits at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2003, Half Light at Tate Britain in 2004, Pale Heights at Mudam, Luxembourg in 2009, Shifting Ground at Camden Arts Centre in 2008, Fault on the right side at Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2007, and Shadow Spans at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London as a recipient of the 2010 Bloomberg Commission. She is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.