Visions at Dusk

Visions at Dusk

A collection of new paintings reflecting Clapham’s engagement with the people she has met at Wellington College and the surrounding countryside of the estate including the lakes and woodland. ‘I wanted to capture the ethereal landscape as well as friends I have made; I see Wellington as a fascinating backdrop to explore continuing themes in my practice, such as mythology, nature, historical portraiture, fashion and costume.’ 

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RSA: New Contemporaries 2017, Interview

RSA: New Contemporaries 2017, Interview

Examining the shifting ways men present themselves, here Clapham depicts friends from the LGBTQ+ community, attempting to represent what it is to be male for a broad spectrum of sexualities that do not affix to this specific gender identity. ‘The combination of contemporary fashion and historical costume reflects each sitter’s personal style, and evokes an androgyny akin to Renaissance costume in which men's and women’s clothing were less distinct. This trend for antiquated dress codes is perhaps a means of escapism to a romanticised era, equating to a desire for greater recognition of gender fluidity in our generation. ‘

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