About Lorraine Clarke
Lorraine Clarke's work, taking multiple forms, from large installations to small finely crafted collections, incorporating found and made objects, text, animation and sound, is infused with research into rites and traditions, belief systems, religion, anthropology, aspects of the medical world and the human condition.
Following her degrees in Fine Art and Art & Psychopathology, visual artist Lorraine Clarke lived and worked in Italy for 19 years. Returning to the UK, she founded Euroart Studios (& Gallery) in London in 2002. As Art Director (Euroart) she has created and curated numerous exhibitions including "Medical Edge", as well as creating and presenting the "1st Euroart Live Festival".
Lorraine has exhibited widely ("The Development of Identity", Science Museum's Dana Centre, London 2011; "Time", WW Gallery, London 2010; "Storm", Whitechapel Gallery, London 2009; "Travelling Light", London/Venice Biennale, WW Gallery/Fondamenta Bragadin 2009; "EdgeCentrics", Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Liverpool, Biennial Independants 2008; "Boite en Valise", Paris 2008; "Blueprints II", museumMan, Berlin 2006; "Anywhere in the World- David Medalla's London", ICA, London 2005).
Since 2002 she has created a large body of work expressing her ongoing interest into the link between Magic, Medicine & Religion - from the primitive era to the modern day, from the knowledge of the ancient Wise Women to contemporary ethical concerns - addressing issues common to every culture and age such as identity, fertility, faith, sexuality and mortality.
Her current practise is a result of inspiration derived from these areas of her research, from the tremendous impact of biotechnology, such as organ harvesting and cloning, to the awesome complexity of the psyche - it is an excavation of the human being, a journey into the deepest layers of the mind and body, evoking the past as well as exploring the contemporary, while seeking to subject the viewer to the beauty and vulnerability of their own physicality.
Her work employs the widest range of materials(from plant roots & flotsam to weathered plastics, from bone to metal, glass to textiles), and processes (sculpting & constructing, drawing, painting, text, woodwork, metalwork, sewing, binding and a collage process resembling enamelling or glazed ceramic). Redolent of museological displays, the work is often presented in vitrines, dioramas and shadow boxes, or as taxonomical arrangements of objects, seemingly preserved specimens and anatomical preparations.
Through her creative process, including transforming materials often regarded as detritus into objects of contemplation, new and strange, yet somehow familiar, she challenges the viewer to reflect upon what it is to be human.
Her 1st book "Fertility Dolls" was published in November 2010. This elegant hard-back, with foreward by Brian Catling, containing 49 stunning high-resolution images is available at www.woneder.co.uk.
Lorraine has recently started to write poetry. Her first 2 poems were selected for inclusion in the book "Loose Muse" - An Anthology of New Writing by Women, published in spring 2012.
1974-1981: BA Fine Art (1st Class Hons.), Winchester School of Art and Design; Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Psychopathology (Art Therapy), Hertfordshire College of Art, St. Albans; Head of Art Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, North Manchester General Hospital.
1981-2000: Resided in Italy.
2000-2001: Artist in residence, Florence Trust Studios, London.
2002 - present: Co-founder and Art Director of Euroart Studios (and Gallery).
2005: NVQ Video Production, Centre for Film & Digital Media, Oxford.
2007: Julia Gomperts Trust.
2006: Arts Council England Grant for the Arts.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - SOLO
2008 "Nosce Te Ipsum - In the Merge of Magic, Medicine and Religion", South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire.
2007 "Nosce Te Ipsum -tempus fugit", Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery, London.
2006 "Nosce Te Ipsum", UH Galleries, Hatfield. Arts Council England funded.
2003 "corpoREAL", Windsor Arts Centre.
2002 "Body Count", Century Gallery, ACAVA, London.
1977-2000: London; Sheffield; Bracknell; Wakefield (Yorkshire Sculpture Park); Turin; Rome; Aquila ;Saturnia.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - GROUP
2013 "The Lindt Bigg Egg Hunt", London,Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow.
2012 "Saluting the Chosen Few", Posk Gallery, London.
"Spare Parts", The Rag Factory, London.
"Vinyl", Cultivate Gallery, Vyner St, London.
"Wearable art", Seattle
2011 "11 : 11", East Gallery, London.
"Totem Body", The Crypt Gallery, London.
"Resting Peacefully", Mausoleum, Nunhead Cemetery, London.
"The Development of Identity", Science Museum's Dana Centre, London (screening of animation).
2010 "Austerity Xmas Bogof", WW Gallery, London.
"Secret Cinema", London (screening of animation).
"Here Lies Art", Nunhead Cemetery, London.
"Islington Reel 10", London (screening of animation).
"Time", WW Gallery, London.
"The Equinox Plot", The Foundry, London.
2009 "Proverbial Christmas", Shoreditch Town Hall, London.
"The Abbatoire Pages", The Old Abbatoire, London.
"Light Night Festival", Civic Hall, Leeds (screening of animation).
"Is there anybody there?", WW Gallery, London.
"A spires Embers", Museum MAN @ GOGOLfest Kiev, Kiev.
"Storm", redvelvetcurtain, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
"Noise of Art", Swanfield Yard, London.
"Thoroughly Modern Dora", W. G. Library Centre, London.
"What's the meaning of odd", Blank Media Collective, Manchester (screening of animation).
"Should the World Break in", Museum MAN @ Bereznitski Gallery, Kiev.
"Summer Exhibitionists", WW Gallery, London.
"Travelling Light", London/Venice Biennale. WW Gallery.
"Reliquaries of Empires Dust", Bereznitsky Gallery, Berlin (Museum MAN)
2008 "Art and Insects", The Cube3 Gallery, University of Plymouth.
"EdgeCentrics", Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Liverpool (Liverpool Biennial).
"Boite en Valise", Pont des Arts, Paris (London Biennale)
2006 "Blueprints II", museumMANberlin, Berlin; Liverpool Biennale.
"Human Technology", Synergy Gallery, London.
"draw_drawing_2" , The Foundry, London.
"In Arcadia", Orleans House, The Stable Gallery, London.
"Four London Biennale Artists", Coningsby Gallery, London.
2005 "Anywhere in the World - David Medalla's London", ICA, London.
2004 "Love & Sex", Studio 28, London.
"Six Thousand Chairs", Crystal Palace Park, London.
2003 "F1Rst Out", Euroart Group Show @ Westbourne Studios, London.
2002 "F1Rst" Open Studios, Euroart Studios, London.
2001 "Corporate Exhibition", Marks & Spencer Headquarters, London.
"thirteen", Florence Trust, London.
"Body Beautiful", 20-21 Visual Art Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincs.
1977-2000: London, Sheffield, Winchester, Turin, Rome, Aquila, Saturnia, Florence, New York, Nice.
PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES
"Loose Muse" An Anthology of New Writing by Women.
ISBN: 978-0-9554303-4-3. Spring 2012.
"Fertility Dolls" by Lorraine Clarke. ISBN: 978-1906316-80-8. Nov 2010.
"SCOPE Irish Medicine in Focus". M&C Group, Dublin. April 2009.
"The Guardian Guide", exhibition preview by Jessica Lack. 10 Nov. 2007.
"Aesthetica Magazine". York. 16 Feb. 2007.
"Nosce Te Ipsum", University of Herts Press. ISBN: I 905 313 42X. 2006.
"Magic of Medicine". British Medical Association News. Oct. 2006.
"Magic, Medicine and Religion". NY Arts Magazine. Sept/Oct. 2006.
"Festival as Social Work". Art Fairs International. July/Aug. 2005.
"Associazione Romana Gallerie DArte Moderna, Rome: Spring Exh. 2000".
"ARTEin, Venice." ISSN 1124-38569. June/July 2000.
"Dictionary of Contemporary Art 1998/99." Alba, Ferrara
."L'Elite - Italian Art Selection". Art catalogue - Edition 1999. L'Elite, Varese.
"Quelli che contano 7". Marsilio Editori, Venice. 1999.
United Nations, FAO, Rome. Catalogue: 1999 FAO/ART Television Auction, Cairo.
"Carousel of Curiosities"
at Links Jewellers, Covent Garden London-
The Lindt Big Egg Hunt.