December 13, 2017
Hi Andrea and welcome! Could you introduce yourself and talk about your background?
“Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for interviewing me. My name is Andrea Clarke. I’m a photographer from England and currently, I live on the south coast.
I fell in love with photography as a young child, looking at life through a lens brought all my senses into play and I ventured into a world where I could learn to express myself more easily than I could with words.
It was a natural progression for me to then go to study at college. My work life began as an assistant and stylist to various advertising photographers in London, both in still life and fashion photography.”
You seem to be attracted to simple shapes, lines, and color in your work. Could you talk about what is it about these subject matter that attracts you?
“I’ve always been attracted to form, light and color, that in itself can be incredibly satisfying. Minimalism is an interesting art form that seeks to get to the very essence of a subject to show beauty in its purest form. I’m certainly attracted to this but i’m also intrigued by its context and the ideas that it can bring into play.
I would describe myself as more abstract in my approach as whilst using all my senses there usually is one that steps forward first. Interestingly for me that isn’t always sight. What you see is a translation of this in relation to each subject.”
Interesting! Is there an example, a photo that you can pick out right away that gave you a memorable experience?
“Sure, there’s one I took at a local theatre. I was wandering through passages that linked artists to their stage when I found myself standing quite still in front of this doorway. It was barely open but I could feel a slight breeze just catching my eyes.
A sense of anticipation came over me and for a moment I could feel into an artists emotions before venturing onstage. Underneath this image, is a personal study of my own reflections on how anxiety and adrenaline are so closely aligned. It interests me that it could be possible to consciously move from the emotion of anxiety into excitement.”
Do you have a favorite space or place you like to go shoot at?
“My favorite space is usually the subject I’m working on at the time. I love giving it my full attention, I often carry my camera with me, but initially, I like to just be, sit and walk around an environment and observe my surroundings. By this stage, I usually know which connection I’m exploring and I want to feel the space in its entirety before focusing in on what I’m photographing. I feel it’s emotional texture as well as its apparent visual aspects.
For me, even the most inanimate of objects hold life in its arms. What is interesting to me is how I perceive something as opposed to what stands in front of me. This, in my opinion, is always different, so it becomes a projection of reality. I question myself a lot about this as I’m aware of the parallels that exist in how I experience life. This is where art gets personal to how we see the world we live in.”
Are there any artists or photographers that you feel has impacted your work?
“I must say that Instagram has an incredibly creative community that’s certainly very inspiring to be part of. I adore Luigi Ghirri, his work continues to fascinate me, speaking to me on a level that asks more of me as a viewer and ultimately a photographer too.
The art of seeing, is a fascinating subject to me, as many have written about, including Stephen Shore. Then there are also conceptual artists who radically changed art into something we can appreciate in every corner of life. There’s so much to be inspired by including, of course, our own relationship to life.”
And how has their work influenced yours? Could you choose a favorite work from one of these artists and talk about it?
“I have just been looking into Rachel Whiteread’s work as she is currently exhibiting at Tate Britain. She is probably most known for her sculptures of interior spaces, notably “house” which was pretty amazing in its interpretation of cultural Britain. Her inside-out rooms gave space an identity in a solid and tangible form. I find myself as much attracted to the space around an object as I am to the object itself.
I also feel a certain kinship to items triggered through memory. It’s truly wonderful for me to see a sculptor translate this the way she does by casting so many everyday objects or the space surrounding objects, into plaster with some very subtle sensitivities.”
Andrea thanks for taking the time to swing by and answer our questions! Excited to see more from you soon!
“It’s been a pleasure, thank you!”