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Ruth Claxton

Claxton is concerned with ways of seeing, what can be perceived, and what may be beyond comprehension. She is best known for her architectural installations of found objects, and painstaking augmentations of found postcards, a selection of which were presented for the first time in Scotland at Ingleby Gallery in 2008. Taking postcards of historical paintings, Claxton explores the complex nature of ‘the Gaze’ by manipulating the top layer of the card and slicing into its surface to create entirely new artworks which, with their intricate patterns, simultaneously entice and frustrate the viewer. Claxton’s postcards hover in an ambiguous territory between two dimensions and three, the auspicious survivors of a process plagued by inherent failure – one quick slice of the scalpel blade can instantly ‘finish’ an individual work – in either the best or worst possible sense of the word. Her current touring exhibition Lands End explores another area of her practice with a site-specific installation of found ceramic figurines arranged atop myriad mirrored pedestals, their heads completely disappeared beneath dazzling clouds of plasticine and glitter. The exhibition opened at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in April 2008 and tours to: Oriel Davies Gallery (11 Oct-29 Nov 2008); Spike Island, Bristol (Jan 31 – Mar 15 2009) and Grundy Gallery, Blackpool (Mar-Apr 2009). Ruth Claxton is represented by Arquebuse, Geneva.

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