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Claire Harris


What is your most memorable experience of art?

Seeing the music video for Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” on TV as a child and watching all the scary knick knacks from my Catholic grandparents’ house get repurposed into something glamorous and sexy that made complete sense without me knowing why. It was like an awakening into all the possibilities of meaning that were in images. Also after that I could sleep in Nana and Pop’s spare bedroom without being afraid that the Sacred Heart of Jesus would eat me.

What ideas or theme or issues do you focus on with your work?

Humour, celebrity, popular culture, auto-biography, fandom, art as therapy, the public performance of emotions and trauma, former child stars, boy bands, and professional wrestling. I’m pretty narcissistic in my art work. It’s almost always about the cultural landscape and forces that have made me who I am, and all the stuff I’m obsessed with as a result.

What is your favourite medium?

In general, photography. I love good photography.

My favourite medium to work in is endurance video marathon watch along. Actually anything where there is some kind of sequence or narrative, whether that’s video, live performance, zines / comics, or installations.

I do worry that my approach is half-arsed. I always seem to learn just enough about something to do (roughly) the thing I wanted to do, then switch to something else. Hopefully I’ve got another 60+ years of art output to get properly good at something.

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