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Artist Envy: Claire Leach

I first discovered the stunning work of Claire Leach last year in the final stage of my final foundation course. It was at a time where I was stressed and at times on the verge of giving up. Sleepless nights working away for the final deadline, it was at this stage that I hit a real artists block. Artists block to me is like hitting a brick wall. I physically stop creating work because I have been at it 100%. This is hard because creating is all I know and love to do.

However I came across Claire's work on Instagram. Straight away I saw something in her work that mine was lacking. Her use of mark-making and ability to capture the landscape through this inspired me to persevere. Sometimes, the thing to do is take a step back and look at how other artists approach a similar subject matter to you. It might just give you the inspiration and motivation you need with your work.

Claire has recently finished her MA in Fine Art at Winchester school of Art. I find her work very appealing because of how she creates up beautiful landscapes which evoke the sense of pattern and repetition within nature.

Below are some examples of her intricate drawings. She carefully chooses how to juxtapose the busy sense of mark-making with negative space. This draws the eye in and represents the chaotic and sense of unknown within the landscape.


I follow Claire in Instagram and she is an artist who always inspires me to push my sense of mark-making further. Currently I use the sense of repetition to capture a sense of chaos and frustration. I find repetition meditative, however I think using this in a more representational way will push my work further. When I start my Degree later this month this is something I want to challenge myself to do. I want to use this fascination of repetition and explore all aspects and meaning of it.

I have recently been in contact with Claire and I am very interested to learn more about her process and way of thinking. She is genuinely someone whose skill and work I admire and I look up to because of how hard she works as an artist. I could not have found her work at a better time last year and I would love to try a similar approach to drawing and apply it to printmaking. I think it would make for an exciting project.

I highly recommend you follow Claire on Instagram and check out her work at:
http://www.claireleach.com



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