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Claire Manning



I make collages that may only fully and completely exist in the minds-eye of the observer. These montages are held loosely in place, folded temporarily or built-up in assemblage, installation, film, print or poster. I work with appropriated photographs and with non-places that feel overlooked, abandoned and lost, commenting on issues relating to identity, power, control and desire, and exploring how vulnerable fixed ideas are to subversion. I collect fragments from different sources and reconstruct them into something new, connecting disparate ideas and moments to produce ephemeral possibilities containing a hint of truth.

Recent work uses film to create collages about the liminal, barren, non-space of the train journey, our relationship to it and how this can shift as a result of making art. It exploits the points where the technology of the camera fails, unable to frame a shot or keep things correctly in perspective. The final film offers fragments of different places - dislocated moments trapped in time - one event interrupting or haunting another, constructing a vision of a world poised between beauty and dystopia.

'In search of the unreal n.01', film

Another current series of work focuses on how the image of woman is portrayed in the mass media, using a variety of non-traditional construction methods to make the final collages. Each one pairs a 1930’s photographic postcard with a ‘twin’ in a similar posture sourced from a contemporary fashion magazine, constructing a hybrid ‘Other’ picture of womanhood. Superficially the material selected offers the passive perfection of theatrical stills, but it resists my patriarchally-based gaze to produce a final image that’s never intact, blocking possession of womanly perfection, denying pleasure, and re-siting the experience of viewing in castration and anxiety.

More information: http://clairemanning.co.uk/place.html


I’m fascinated by shifting realities.

I’m drawn to the ability of the photograph to trap something living in deathly stillness and in the power of film to re-animate what’s lost and gone.

I collect image fragments from different sources and construct them into something new that connects different ideas and moments to produce ephemeral, fresh possibilities that contain a hint of truth.

More about this series of work: http://clairemanning.co.uk/woman.html


I have an MA in Fine Art (distinction) from the University of the Arts London (2013) and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury (2010).

Exhibitions include Whitstable Biennale Satellite (2016), Maidstone Museum Bentlif Art Gallery (2016), 51zero Film and Arts Festival (France, 2015) (Kent, 2014), and Chelsea Collage of Arts (2013).

I was short listed for the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize in 2014.

Contact: clairemanningart@yahoo.co.uk

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