Clare Phelan

Clare Phelan

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Clare Phelan
Having worked as an Art Therapist in the NHS for twenty years Clare returned to education, completing a Visual Arts MA (distinction) from Bradford College. She subsequently spent three years on the Complete Printmaker Programme run by Hot Bed Press in Salford which concluded in 2017. Clare now works from her printmaking studio in Holmfirth West Yorkshire. During 2017 she was awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ Intaglio Printmakers prize at the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking, and was also a recipient of the ‘Art&’ RAW Talent Award, for Emerging Artists. ‘I work with nineteenth and twentieth century coding technology artefacts, such as textile jacquards, pianola rolls, musical box discs, and IBM punch cards. I often print directly with these discs and cards, using the metal polyphon discs as etching plates, the jacquards as stencils, and the IBM cards as collagraph plates. I’m interested in the idea of a ‘cultural lag’ in our understanding of advancing technology. It’s easy to feel fear, frustration and a sense of being left behind, as our lives become increasingly mediated through machines. My work speaks to society’s shift away from manufacturing towards the service, knowledge and information sectors. Obsolescence, loss and change influence this reflective work.’
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