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.
Private View, 2000
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