Previous AA2A Artist

Clare Owens

Artform:
Textiles and Printmaking
Year:
2021-22
Email:
c.owens@chester.ac.uk
Project summary:

for 2019-20:

Throughout my career in Education and Community, I have frequently engaged with people who have experienced difficulties in their lives, whether that be educational, social or mental ill health. What has always surprised me is the strength that people somehow find to enable them to keep positive in their lives. In my experience, some form of creative practice for example art, dance, music or poetry can provide a stimulus to help keep an individual focussed. Some of these people have, understandably, had a profound impact on the way I see the world and see myself in that world. The project I will undertake would build on and explore these experiences, using print and textiles to record some of the language of strength and vulnerabilities that resonate with me. I consider words to be implicit in my work and this approach could make them more explicit and visual.

The City of Chester is rapidly establishing more creative spaces and communities for artists to share their ideas and work together. So, whilst developing my own practice, I also aim to work collaboratively with this year’s undergraduates at the University of Chester on a time-specific project based in the city. Through this practical experience students may become more informed about future career possibilities whilst also contributing their creative presence to a positive development in the city.

for 2018-19:

How do we make the most of our life experiences? My career in Education and Community has allowed me to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our society and so be constantly amazed at what keeps a person going, what gets them through almost unimaginable difficulties. In many cases I have seen how an interest, an engagement or a passion for a creative process has been instrumental in providing a safe place for people to retreat, to create and potentially flourish. Can the physical and imaginative, and often repetitive, acts of creating help to establish a way forward, a way to keep moving, to keep flowing? Whether the preferred creative practice is in art, craft, writing, drama or dance if it provides a release then maybe it can also provide an essential positive stimulus.

My current practice, mainly in textiles and printmaking, in many ways explores this idea. Can the cyclical nature of life and its many layers be embodied in a piece of art? I plan to continue working through this idea using the key themes of circles and layers.

I recognise that I am, and have always been, a collaborator. I like making connections. The value of the AA2A Project is that it will enable me to pursue my own practice whilst also engaging with students in a time-specific project. My aim is to work with students, across a number of disciplines, to discuss and establish a short, achievable community project, for example, a mural to stimulate discussion in a children’s centre or to design and make costumes for a dance company working with recovering alcoholics and/or drug users. This project might provide an insight for students into how some artists maintain the often tentative link between their practice and employment.

for 2019-20:

Throughout my career in Education and Community, I have frequently engaged with people who have experienced difficulties in their lives, whether that be educational, social or mental ill health. What has always surprised me is the strength that people somehow find to enable them to keep positive in their lives. In my experience, some form of creative practice for example art, dance, music or poetry can provide a stimulus to help keep an individual focussed. Some of these people have, understandably, had a profound impact on the way I see the world and see myself in that world. The project I will undertake would build on and explore these experiences, using print and textiles to record some of the language of strength and vulnerabilities that resonate with me. I consider words to be implicit in my work and this approach could make them more explicit and visual.

The City of Chester is rapidly establishing more creative spaces and communities for artists to share their ideas and work together. So, whilst developing my own practice, I also aim to work collaboratively with this year’s undergraduates at the University of Chester on a time-specific project based in the city. Through this practical experience students may become more informed about future career possibilities whilst also contributing their creative presence to a positive development in the city.

for 2018-19:

How do we make the most of our life experiences? My career in Education and Community has allowed me to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our society and so be constantly amazed at what keeps a person going, what gets them through almost unimaginable difficulties. In many cases I have seen how an interest, an engagement or a passion for a creative process has been instrumental in providing a safe place for people to retreat, to create and potentially flourish. Can the physical and imaginative, and often repetitive, acts of creating help to establish a way forward, a way to keep moving, to keep flowing? Whether the preferred creative practice is in art, craft, writing, drama or dance if it provides a release then maybe it can also provide an essential positive stimulus.

My current practice, mainly in textiles and printmaking, in many ways explores this idea. Can the cyclical nature of life and its many layers be embodied in a piece of art? I plan to continue working through this idea using the key themes of circles and layers.

I recognise that I am, and have always been, a collaborator. I like making connections. The value of the AA2A Project is that it will enable me to pursue my own practice whilst also engaging with students in a time-specific project. My aim is to work with students, across a number of disciplines, to discuss and establish a short, achievable community project, for example, a mural to stimulate discussion in a children’s centre or to design and make costumes for a dance company working with recovering alcoholics and/or drug users. This project might provide an insight for students into how some artists maintain the often tentative link between their practice and employment.

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