Working primarily in the field of printmaking, Clare has developed an interest in mass produced found objects using them as her printmaking matrix.

Influenced by the post industrial landscapes of Northern England where she has lived all her life, her current practice utilises nineteenth and twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, music box discs and IBM punch cards.

Clare explores these artefacts as carriers of narrative, the paper creases and the rusty damaged metal tell stories of obsolete technologies. They hold memories of their past, of their making and function. They also evoke memories of those who made and used them.

The traditional analogue printmaking processes she employs echo the labour inherent in the making of these materials, while the binary language of the machine dances in rhythmic patterns through her work as a signifier of our digital age.

Work | Full CV
Clare Phelan - outside her Holmfirth Studio

“The fabric of place, as much as the fabric of industry, roots Phelan to her local landscape. It’s the stonework that captivates her. From her kitchen window in Holmfirth, she looks across her lane to a beautifully crafted drystone wall. The fields surrounding her home are delineated with similar walls and their constant presence in her day-to-day life resonates throughout the interconnecting structures of her work”

Dr Wendy Rhodes
Printmaking Today | Vol 31 | Summer 2022 | Issue 122 | pp 16-18

Process

The Lake Gallery – ‘OPEN Exhibition’

52 Grange Rd, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 4EF

1st December – 28th January

https://thelakegallery.co.uk

Sunny Bank Mills Gallery  – ‘Source’  

Group Show in conjunction with West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

Sunnybank Mills, 83 – 85 Town St, Farsley Leeds LS28 5UJ

14th January – 5th March 2023

https://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk/arts/gallery/

Galleries

Saul Hay Gallery            

Railway Cottage, 33a Collier St, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ

https://www.saulhayfineart.co.uk/clare-phelan

 

 

Cupola Gallery

178 Middlewood Rd, Hillsborough Sheffield S6 1TD

 

Tarpey Gallery

77 High St, Castle Donnington, Derby DE74 2PQ