I am British artist, working with and against the photographic medium. Over the past two decades I have worked with found imagery, kinetic machinery, web programmes, fairground attractions and most recently, large scale paintings. I often reject the subject-based qualities and the immediate demand of information, so often associated with the photographic image and instead, and without apology, adopt and welcome a subtle, slow burn approach.
I have widely exhibited in venues such as The Museum Folkwang; The Center Pompidou; Tate Britain; Salzburg Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. My work is held in the collections of MOMA; SFMoma; The V&A; The Center Pompidou; The British Council; McEvoy Collection; The Arts Council; The NY Public Library; The Uni Credit Bank; The Mead Museum and Cornell University.
I have produced 3 publications, Clare Strand Monograph published by Steidl (2009), Skirts published by GOST (2014) and Girl Plays with Snake published by MACK (2017). I am represented by Parrotta Contemporary Art, Cologne/Bonn.
I’m also one half of the collaborative partnership MacDonaldStrand and Head of the Intangiable for The Institute of Unnecessary Research.
I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Birmingham. My philosophical interests are generally connected to interpersonal relations, particularly the ways that people matter to one another. At the moment I am pursuing a project about the aesthetic dimension of interpersonal life. You can read a summary of that project here, or listen to a podcast on which I recently discussed some of the project here.
A workshop organised as part of the project will be held in Birmingham in June 2022. All the information about the workshop, including the Call for Abstracts, can be found here.
I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield 2015-2019. My dissertation was supervised by Robert Stern and Paul Faulkner, and is called ‘The practical significance of the second-person relation‘.
With this theme of interpersonal relations at the centre, there are a range of areas of philosophy that I am interested in. They include metaethics (especially theories of practical reasoning, and moral epistemology), philosophy of love and friendship, the connections between ethics and aesthetics, and several historical figures, most prominently: Martin Buber, Simone Weil, Emmanuel Levinas and J.G. Fichte.