About Me

Clare Mc Laughlin Artist Statement

I am a socially engaged visual artist with a B.A. in Visual Art

My art practice explores the non-visual appreciation of art through the use of socially engaged strategies.

My inspiration for all of my art projects comes from an initial thought that strikes me, followed by rigorous research resulting in an initial framework for the art project.  This is then continually being improved and expanded each time the art project happens.

For example the inspiration for Seen – Unseen resulted from my questioning of the landscape of a visually impaired person particularly in the gallery space.  In such a predominantly visual space I researched how the artworks could become more available to visually impaired people though other sensory experiences together with the stories behind each artwork.

Considering that the average time spent by a sighted person in front of any artwork is between 30 to 60 seconds. Seen – Unseen provides an altogether more engaging experience.

My ongoing art projects include SÚILBird FeastMessage in a Bottle, Blackberry Jam and Seen-Unseen. 

Seen - Unseen

is an art project which explores the landscape of a visually impaired person (VIP) in the gallery space and elsewhere. This art project began in 2014 and has been gaining momentum since then. To date there have been over 60 Seen - Unseen events. There is no charge for visually impaired people to participate in Seen - Unseen.

Blackberry Jam Art Project

This is an art project exploring access, empathy, communication and co-operation.

Message in a bottle

This was an art project done during my sailing voyage from Canary Islands to Antigua in the Carribean in 2012/13. 13 bottles containing messages, were thrown overboard at different GPS points on the journey. These were plotted on the sea chart. When the messages are answered the destination GPS points will also be plotted and the journeys of the messages explored.

SÚIL

is a sculptural sensory art project resulting in a sculpture of a walk. There have been 4 SÚIL events to date, SÚIL, SÚIL Éile, SÚIL Antigua, SÚIL Harbour to Harbour. All have taken place on islands, Sherkin Island, Antigua in the Carribean, Cape Clear Island and SÚIL 2021 is planned for Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland.

Bird Feast

A dinner party for birds as a thank you for the joy and pleasure that they bring us every day. The one legged crow was one of my visitors to Bird Feast and he provided me with some amazing images including the one above which is a hand made print.

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Some Art Project Images

SÚIL Harbour to Harbour 2018

From left Michael Doran, Artist Clare Mc Laughlin, Carmen Miller holding collaborative sculpture. Cape Clear Island August 2018

SÚIL Harbour to Harbour in progress

Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork in Ireland was the location for the 4th SÚIL art project. It took place on August 15th 2018 on a 'soft' day!

Seen - Unseen Visit to The Crawford Gallery Cork

Seen - Unseen collaborators exploring the Canova casts at The Crawford Gallery Cork Ireland

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