Emerging Artist of the Year

Saturday, September 7, 2013 to Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lenka Clayton/ Emerging Artist of the Year

Bio:

Lenka Clayton is a conceptual artist whose work considers, exaggerates and reorganizes the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. In previous projects she searched for and photographed the 613 people mentioned by name in a German newspaper; collected, hand-numbered and redistributed 7,000 stones; filmed one person of each age from 1-100; re-edited the 4,100 words of President Bush’s televised “Axis of Evil” speech into alphabetical order and is in the middle of sending a hand-written letter to every household in the world. She is currently the world's first ever “Artist in Residence in Motherhood”. 

Artist Statement:

I am a conceptual artist whose work considers, exaggerates and reorganizes observations and accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. My process begins with a fleeting curiosity or question, which is carried out by methodical and often laborious means to its logical conclusion. The visible labor applied toward these ephemeral or impossible goals asks for a suspension of disbelief from both audience and artist. A sharing of an uncertain, optimistic mythology, not only as to the likelihood of achieving the task, but also to the very value of the undertaking.

In recent projects I searched for and photographed the 613 people mentioned in a German newspaper; collected, hand-numbered and redistributed 7,000 stones; filmed one person of each age from 1-100 on a trip around Britain; and re-edited the 4,100 words of President Bush’s televised “Axis of Evil” speech into alphabetical order. In Berlin I learned German and embarked on a journey to discover the hidden physical and personal remains of the old East (the GDR). With writer Michael Crowe, I am in the middle of writing a hand-written letter to every household in the world.

Since I became a mother in 2011 my work has necessarily undergone a radical shift. In two recent works; Maternity Leave (2011) and Artist Residency in Motherhood (2012 - 2014) I examine the role of the mother through the framework of institutionally supported durational performances. I am interested in the blurring of the usually separate worlds of the artist’s domestic life and the professional art world and in doing so, the cycles of responsibility that are revealed and critiqued between institution and artist, parent and child, society and the individual and audience and art work.

My work has been shown internationally at numerous sites including The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh - FRAC, Paris - Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland - Anthology Film Archives, New York - Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg - Mannheim’s main town square - CNEAI Paris - a Danish mediaeval tower - Tehran International Documentary Festival, Iran - Hot Docs, Canada - Channel 4 Television, U.K., and in mailboxes around the world. I hold an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School in England and a BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London.

www.lenkaclayton.com

www.residencyinmotherhood.com