Initially Clare trained as a dancer at Northern Contemporary School of Dance, but soon became pre occupied with creating make-shift sculptures in her digs. Following a move to London she studied at Central Saint Martins, graduating in Fine Art. In sharp contrast to the contemporary art scene Clare finalised her studies with an apprenticeship to the master architectural stone carver Andrew Tanser. Practising these varied art disciplines has inevitably informed the development of Clare’s distinct style.
Clare often turns around themes of banality, beauty and the routine of everyday living to make the viewer take a second look. Muted monochrome paintings use tone to give intimations of colour. What is excluded from the work is as important as the detail; even when depicting her daughter's first steps the child’s face is absent, capturing something of the essence of the moment. Subjects are slightly enigmatic rather than belonging to any defined era in time. Clare’s work is rooted in the real but edges towards the surreal producing a compelling disorientating effect.
London Arts Unwrapped, Hackney London
Cambridge Open Studios, Great Abington, Cambridge
All things Said, The shop, Jesus Lane Cambridge
The Return of the Yellow House, BHVU Gallery, Stoke Newington, London
Clare Moggridge - b Gallery