We’re very lucky to exhibit the works of @clairerobprints as our latest residency artist over the coming months.
Claire is a local South London based artist focusing on screen prints. She builds up each image with collage, mixed media, colour and over printing with pattern and imagery. These mono prints can take weeks, months or even years until the final story, emotion or mood is evoked. Amazing stuff!
Here, we sit down with Claire and chat about her current show at Chit Chaat Chai, her inspiration and her advice for emerging artists.
Chit Chaat Chai: What inspired your series currently at Chit Chaat Chai?
Claire: My current show at Chit Chaat Chai draws inspiration from my upbringing. I was born in Borneo and spent my childhood between Asia and Europe. The vibrant colours of the East and the cooler tones of the West greatly informs my use of colours.
My range of work is inspired by vintage Bollywood iconography, and I use my jewellery skills to embellish my artwork, celebrating the vibrant, ornate and lavish aesthetic sensibility of the imagery associated with popular Indian cinema.
My travels in India, the decayed patination of walls, layers of faded paint and advertisements aged and weathered over the years, have inspired a series of works that reflect my interest in fragmentation and story telling.
The prints you create are built up with collage, mixed media, patterns and colours. Can you tell us a bit more about your printing process?
My work is very layered – I used to be a jeweller, and this inspires me to give my works an increasingly three-dimensional feel. I work very physically: I dust my pieces with glitter, I incorporate gold leaf into my works, and I build up my prints through an organic process of layering, combining intuitive mark-making, photography and texture. Most recently, have been making very ambitious large collages, on wood, finished with resin.
Which other artists do you look to for inspiration?
I am influenced by my upbringing in Borneo and Singapore, and the colours of the East. As a screen printer, Andy Warhol is an obvious influence, as well as Barbara Rae, with her use of colour. I am continuously inspired by my travels, discovering new techniques, and experimenting with multiple layers.
What advice do you have for emerging artists?
The advice I would give to any emerging Artist, is to work every day and experiment. Never be afraid of mistakes, as I find these often lead to the most interesting results.