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CLAIR ANN LLOYD (article first published : 2001-11-11)

Clair Ann Lloyd is a fourth year student at Technikon Natal. She will present a sculpture installation at the BAT Centre’s Menzi Mcunu Gallery from November 16 at 18h30 to November 19.

"The starting point of this work stemmed from previously made ceramic vessels, which I wrapped in cloth and embellished, using various materials including hair, horns, bones and dolls,” Clair Ann explains.

“I then began to replace the vessels with dolls. Further fragmenting and embellishing various mannequin parts, to somehow inject the dolls with an organic life or spirit. The dolls having a life size quality immediately addresses you and your body; exploring the concept of the abject The realisation that the body is not contained, has become an important aspect of my work.

“Bodies are part of a cycle of disease, decay and life. I work mostly intuitively, often realising the wider implications, significance and symbolism of materials incorporated in my work only after completion. I view my work as a journey, where I am still discovering the metaphoric relevance of materials and forms; my childhood experiences, as well as the impact of the social, theoretical and critical world, influencing and informing my art".

More details from BAT projects manager Sipho Mdanda on (031) 332-0451 or e-mail: info@batcentre.co.za




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