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Claire Heathcote


Claire Heathcote is a graduate from Goldsmiths College where she studied Textile. Her work looks at the way thread can transform from a drawing tool to a medium able to say something about the person being drawn.


Claire Heathcote

Private View, 2000

"My work features portraits of people that move in art world circles. There is still a struggle between the two elements of figure and background, over which is more important, the background is no longer marked or colourful: it is the white space of a gallery...My use of embroidery to render gallery owners, art critics etc adds a kind of humour to the work; embroidery is not really seen as high art or as a serious art form. It can be incredibly controlled while the stray threads coming off the work make it become very physical. I like the fact that their threads travel through the white space of their world into my space and that perspective is both active and made a mockery of. The threads, coming from their eyes, their mouths, their ears or their heads maybe a literal measurement of the amount of looking or talking that goes on at private views. I question what is being looked at as the work becomes a representation of the viewers looking back at them." Artist's statement

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