CLARE RAE/COLOUR FACTORY AWARD
CLIMBING THE WALLS AND OTHER ACTIONS
Climbing the Walls and Other Actions is primarily concerned with visually representing my experience of femininity, whilst also exploring aspects of representation that relate to feminism. The project considers the relationship between the body and space by including formal elements within each frame such as windows and corners. Through a sequence of precarious poses I explore my relationship with femininity, an approach born of frustration. I use the body to promote ideas of discomfort and awkwardness, resisting the passivity inherent in traditional representations of femininity. The images attempt to de-stabilise the figure, drawing tension from the potential dangers the body faces in these positions. Whilst the actions taking place are not in themselves particularly dangerous, the work demonstrates a gentle testing of physical boundaries and limitations via a child-like exploration of the physical environment.
Clare Rae's work was selected from a large number of entrants from around the country by judges: Milton Harris, Collector, Contemporary Art; David Rosetzky, Artist and Phill Virgo, Director, Colour Factory.
Climbing the Walls and Other Actions by Clare Rae, winner of the 2009 Colour Factory Award, will be opened by Phill Virgo, Director, Colour Factory