Over the next week FAD will be featuring Q&A’s with all the winners of The Signature Art Prize here we have Claire Anscomb winner of the Drawing & Printmaking category.
1.If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
If I weren’t an artist I would perhaps do something relating to theatre or acting, possibly some form of writing…essentially something creative!
2. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
My work is entirely rooted in the practice of drawing, I love to explore the world in detail and recreating images through the repetitive mark of a 2b pencil is a particularly satisfactory method of doing so. I aim to question the implication of subjective narration through the laborious manual production of a unique image in relation to the notion of how memory and experience is recorded and archived through objective voiceless mechanical means such as photography. I juxtapose photographic forms and objects to implicate a subjective form of narration to indicate how fluid the meaning of an image can be when subjected to time and how it is perhaps the context of how an image is presented that informs its meaning rather than the actual event or object pictured. The pencil mark is, I find to be, a unique language that expresses, in this instance, my representation of the past or person from the evidence I have amalgamated.
3. How do you start the process of making work?
My practice is a derivative process, it all starts with photographs, this could be found photographs or ones I have purposefully chosen to take, rarely do I start with an image in mind, rather I experiment and juxtapose photographs and occasionally objects to create collages which I then photograph to use as the basis to translate this new image into a drawing.
Nostalgia by Claire Anscomb Materials: Graphite and 2b pencil Size (H x W x D): 27.9 x 35.6 x 0.1 cm Year created: 2013
4. Do you consider the viewer, when making your work?
I always consider the viewer when making my work; I keep the viewer in mind as a basis for questioning the accessibility of the themes and ideas I am trying to communicate through my work.
5. Name 3 artists that have inspired your work?
Vija Celmins, Christina Empedocles and Marie Harnett are all draughtswoman that have inspired me enormously. Each takes and uses mechanically made imagery and reconstitutes it through the laborious manual process of meticulous drawing that gives rise to beautiful work that transcends and questions the original context of the found images.
6. Is The Signature Art prize the first art prize you have won?
The Signature Art Prize is the first art prize I have ever won, and as I am still an undergraduate student I feel especially lucky and very proud to have been picked for the honour.
7. What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I will be busy making lots of new drawings over the next few months in preparation for graduating from my BA Fine Art degree this summer. I will then hopefully travel the world a little bit this summer and then embark upon a yearlong Master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent starting in September. The main aim though for this year is to keep drawing!
8. Final question, if you had $49,000 to spend on an artist who would it be?
If I had $49,000 to spend on an artist I would really love to own anything created by the aforementioned artists whom I admire equally – it would honestly be impossible to decide between them!
About The Signature Art Prize
The Signature Art Prize is the only award of its kind that draws attention to emerging artist’s unique perspective, championing their signature themes and aesthetic – and as such the prize is only open to current students and artist who graduated within the last 3 years.
Founded in 2007, the celebrated Signature Art Prize presents a fresh and exciting award for the most promising emerging artists of today. The competition invites artists worldwide to apply for a chance to win one of four £1,000.00 cash prizes, representation with DegreeArt, future exhibition opportunities and artistic support, as well as gifts from the prize sponsors.
Following the huge success of the awards in 2011, the Signature Art Prize returned in 2012 with the added attraction of cash prizes as well as an opening gala held within a pop-up gallery space in Spitalfield’s Market, and we are now returning again for the 7th year to host the Signature Art Prize 2013/14.
All entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of industry judges, and shortlisted artists exhibit at the awards night, followed by an extended one-month exhibition at DegreeArt’s Execution Room in the cultural hub of Vyner St, East London
The Signature Art Prize is administered by DegreeArt.com, the UK leader in graduate art representation, showcasing emerging art online, providing collectors with access to original art and supporting recently graduated artists all over the world.