Clare Phelan | West Yorkshire
Clare completing a Visual Arts MA (distinction) from Bradford College in 2013. She 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.
Clare works in small editions, and most of her images are produced using non-traditional printmaking plates. She has an interest in early form of mechanisation, and their place as the ancestors to our digital world. ‘I work with nineteenth and twentieth century 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 polyphone discs as etching plates, the jacquards as stencils, and the IBM cards as collagraph plates’.
‘Obsolescence, loss and change are imbued within
the work, along with a sense of reverence to the past and its people.’