Artist's Statement by Claire McGee :
My work explores the relationship between excess and control. The pieces depict the Revolutionary period in late-18th century France, where the world was said to witness the death of one era and the birth of another. However, the world portrayed is as if a new one was never born - the old simply died and continued isolated and separated, pointless and lost in its own grandeur and excess. Through disengaging from reality, a greater understanding of the limits of social order and the nature of power is achieved. Its symbols of opulent redundancy merely add to the overall sense of isolation and delusion. This is an opulent fortress within a fortress - a transgressive space. To the imagination, it is a perverse and carnivalesque world. This excessive world has become the bacchanal of the imagination, but only of the imagination. If we truly look at the figures, we can see that their pleasures, pomp and voluptuousness are purely superficial. They invite the viewer into this world yet remain disengaged from their surroundings - lost, even bored. Excess can only truly be understood in an environment of control. When the methods of control become one with the environment, control becomes omnipresent. When the institution becomes the new power, the balance of excess and control becomes confused and the rationale of modern thought is lost.
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Born: 1983, Glasgow
2003–2007 BA (hons) Fine Art painting/printmaking, Glasgow School of Art
2008 New Faces Exhibition The Glasgow Art Club, Bath Street, Glasgow
2008 The Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London
2008 Form Art Fair London Olympia
2007 Carne Levare Solo Exhibition, 190 West George Street, Glasgow.
2007 RGI Exhibition Mitchell Library, Glasgow
2007 Glasgow School of Art Degree Show Renfrew St. Glasgow
2006 RSA Student Exhibition The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2005 Glasgow Art Fair George Square, Glasgow
2007 Maureen Ellis: ‘Talent Show’, Evening Times, 13th June 2007
2007 Jack Mottram: ‘Talent of the first degree’, The Herald, 15th June 2007