Artist Biography

Claire McCann was born and raised in the Illawarra region, located on the South Coast of New South Wales, where she now currently resides. Claire’s passion for art emerged in primary school and continued to develop throughout the years of formative education. Upon the completion of high school and the HSC, Claire continued her Arts education at the University of Wollongong, commencing a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. Completing the second year, Claire deferred the degree and completed a Certificate IV in makeup artistry. After numerous years battling mental health and establishing a young family, Claire returned to her Bachelor’s degree, through online study at the University of Southern Queensland, completing it in 2018. Passion renewed, Claire moved straight onto undertaking a Master’s degree in secondary education at Charles Sturt University in 2019, which is currently in progress.

Artist Statement 

I was inspired by the many decorative doilies found within the Chifley Home Museum. The doily is a beautiful and intricate textile that decorated most Australian homes from the late 1800s to mid 1900s. Today, the doily is not seen within the modern home, it is now most commonly found in opportunity shops.

Emergence pays homage to the forgotten and overlooked beauty and craftsmanship of the doily. The repurposing of doilies collected from my grandmothers and opportunity shops comments on the transitional journey of the doily in Australian homes. The cocoon-like shapes created with the doilies evoke connections between history, nature and personal memories.

Claire McCann, Emergence, 2019
Stiffened Doilies, wire, thread, LED bulb
1000 x 500x 400 mm (assembled measurement)

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