Clare Thornton: Materials of Resistance

1 Dec 2017 – 20 Jan 2018

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13:00 - 20:30

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Plymouth Arts Centre

Devon, United Kingdom


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  • Royal Parade, where many buses, terminate is a short walk away and Bretonside bus station is adjacent
  • Plymouth station is a 15 minute walk away
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This exhibition of work explores the artist's longstanding interest in folding and falling, and its new means of expression through ceramics and print.


Private View Thursday 30 November, 6-8pm, free and open to all

This exhibition of Clare Thornton’s work explores her longstanding interest in folding and falling and its new means of expression through ceramics and print.

She has produced a sculptural installation comprising works that adorn the interior spaces of Plymouth Arts Centre, employing coiled, extruded clay and draped, printed pieces to explore time and pressure upon materials teetering on the edge of collapse. The curious, repetitive forms and motifs refer back to the body,
a body seeking to be strong yet flexible in uncertain times. Clare draws on her formal training in dance, scenography and literature and in this latest show she is additionally inspired by two formidable women from the 1920’s/30’s: Nancy Cunard and Baroness Elsa von Loringshoven.

Clare Thornton is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working from her studio at KARST (Plymouth). She has shown her work extensively as a solo artist through residencies and exhibitions at Galleri GUN (Oslo) and Kurant Visningsrom (Tromsø), Oriel Myrddin, (Carmarthen) and University of Bristol Theatre Collection. She has presented her on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations with Emma Cocker, Jan Steinum (Norway) and the Performance Re-enactment Society, which she co-founded in 2007 for investigating the problems and potential of performance and its documents with projects shown at Arnolfini, Spike Island (Bristol), FlatTimeHouse, SouthLondon Gallery (London), Gagosian Gallery (New York).

Top image: Materials of Resistance, Clare Thornton, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

With generous support from The Elephant Trust and Arts Council England. Thanks to Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University AA2A for supporting production of new work.

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