Clare Rae 20 + 9 + 5

1 – 23 May 2015

Sutton Projects is pleased to present 20+9+5 a solo exhibition by photo-media artist Clare Rae. Rae’s practice utilises the body, gesture and performative photography to explore feminine representation. She engages photography, stop motion animation and performance to navigate and defy the limitations of the everyday environments she inhabits. Her practice explores tension, portraying situations that offer alternative spatial and psychological interactions between her body and the possibilities that are held in her surrounds. Through a dialogue on the performative body in art practice, the work seeks to address the dichotomies inherent in photography; between capture and representation.

In 20+9+5 Rae has gone back to the darkroom, producing black and white silver gelatin prints for the show. The subject matter is new territory; she photographed herself within the project space whilst pregnant and again after giving birth. As most of her work is centered around her experience of the female body, here Rae has created images with the body in its most extremely feminine state. The title of the exhibition refers to various lengths of time relevant to this body of work.

Clare Rae completed her Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University in 2014 and was the winner of the RMIT/Siemens Fine Art Scholarship and CCP/Colour Factory Award in 2009. She has held a variety of solo exhibition including Masters of Fine Art examination exhibition, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014; Interact, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, 2013; Selected Videos, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 2013; VIDEOS, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2012; Light Weight, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; Testing, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2010; Climbing the Walls and Other Actions, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2009; The Chase, Blindside ARI, Melbourne, 2009; Rise and Fall, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Desire and the Other, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, 2008.