Clair Chinnery - Locations

An exhibition and residency at OVADA Gallery, Oxford.

In Locations the artist explores questions of cultural identity in relation to colonial history and geography. These are explicitly referenced through two of the works on show; How to Speak…: The Breeding Birds of the United Kingdom, 2000 – an artist’s book and sound work that uses language learning tapes and ornithology books as its source material, and Briefe and True: Lost Landscapes, 2005 – a bound set of prints, made as a response to the first images of native Americans made and distributed by the English. The title Locations not only makes direct reference to these and the works in progress being developed during this residency, but also acts as a prompt and a question about where artists ‘locate’ their practice(s) within themselves, the art world and the wider society. Other works on display reflect the artist’s ongoing fascination with places, histories, objects and modes of classification.

The upper gallery will be used to develop a series of works/projects in progress. Amongst these will be: Trophy Ears, a work which makes reference to the biological impact of British colonialism in Australia; Thomas Harriot’s Lung Map, a work in which English expansion into North America is explored through the use of chewing tobacco; and, Cuculus Prospectus, a work that explores a potential fictional expansion into the ‘new world’ by the parasitic European Cuckoo. The latter is being developed as part of the collaborative project Maps From Nowhere (in collaboration with Francis Frascina and Roma Tearne) with individual contributions covering diverse subjects such as migration/immigration, memory (false and real), personal connections, political displacement, colonial history, global warming, the geographies of conflict, and biological boundaries.

The artist will be available in the gallery to talk about her project on the following days: Tuesday 12 February, Thursday 14, 21 and 28 February and Friday 15, 22 and 29 February between 10am – 5pm.

Clair Chinnery received an MA (Fine Art, Sculpture) at Chelsea College of Art and Design and is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. She has exhibited her work nationally.

This residency has been supported by the Research Development Committee in the School of Arts and Humanities at Oxford Brookes University.

For further information please contact Sophie Williamson,

Image: Lost Colonies: Beach Houses on the Outer Banks of NC, USA.
Clair Chinnery - Locations

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