Claire Benn

Her quiet materials

Solitude.  Stillness. Silence.

Experienced in wilderness landscapes and made visual through cloth, thread and pigments.


Cloth, “the pliable plane”, so says Anni Albers. Uncomplaining of a sharp needle and welcoming lines of thread. Porous enough to absorb pigments, strong enough to support them and tough enough to withstand an electric sander. 


Using earth pigments connects Claire back to the land.  Binding it in acrylic medium or soya milk allows her to make washes that soak through the cloth or build up crusty layers to communicate the texture of earth, rock and snow. Rows, lines or scatterings of stitched thread offer a visual trace of time and a literal surface texture that fingertips can feel.


These are Claire's quiet materials, used to make art for experiencing solitude, stillness and silence.

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