Human beings are designed for connection. We thrive in safe relationship with each other and our environment. In a world that appears increasingly polarized, Claire Bridge responds with works that blur the boundaries of separateness. An interdisciplinary artist, whose practice includes biomorphic ceramic sculpture, video and sound work, textiles, embroidery, painting and performance, Bridge addresses themes of relationality; connection and disconnection, attunement and alienation and how these concerns manifest in our relationship with the feminine, our environment and significant issues of climate change and gendered violence. She brings a multi-layered reparative, insightful and at times, humorous approach to these important subjects, exploring imagined possibilities for empathy and inter-being. Her interests lay in the intersections between art, neuroscience, somatic experience, philosophy, mythology, queer ecologies and future worlding.
Claire Bridge has been winner of the Living Art Award and People’s Choice for the Stan and Maureen Duke, Gold Coast Art Prize, awarded the Silver Medal in the Black Swan Prize, People’s Choice in the Portia Geach and Shirley Hannan Portrait Awards. She has been short-listed on multiple occasions in the world’s richest portrait prize, the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and a finalist in the prestigious Sulman Prize at the AGNSW. Bridge is currently undertaking a Master of Contemporary Art at the VCA-MCM, University of Melbourne. Her work is held in public and private collections including Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, the Honorary Consulate of Monaco in Australia and collections across Australia and New Zealand, New York, San Francisco, Washington, London and Europe.