Artist / Artist Interviews by Ross Sinclair

Claire Barclay is a contemporary Scottish artist living and working in Glasgow, known for work which takes the form of highly crafted sculptural objects brought together into precisely plotted relationships. In this artist to artist interview with Ross Sinclair, she discusses her early experience of art education, studying at Glasgow School of Art and influences on her practice. Features introductory shots of the artist's studio in her Glasgow flat.

Barclay discusses her early experiences of art and culture, and her education through the Glasgow School of Art. Sinclair and Barclay discuss her working process, her approach to materials and the use of her studio.

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Artist / Artist Interviews by Ross Sinclair

CCA: Glasgow PRO

Over an 18 month period, the Glasgow based artist Ross Sinclair has conducted a series of interviews with other artists with whom he has known and worked alongside in the city since the 1980s. As co investigator to the AHRC funded research project "Glasgow…


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Over an 18 month period, the Glasgow based artist Ross Sinclair has conducted a series of interviews with other artists with whom he has known and worked alongside in the city since the 1980s. As co investigator to the AHRC funded research project "Glasgow Miracle: Materials for Alternative Histories" and the Glasgow School of Art, Sinclair’s priority has been to gather new layers of insight to the period to add to the archive through the methodology of informal and unedited interviews with artists. This process for Sinclair is ongoing, as he continues building this collection of interviews and expands the range of artists with whom he converses.

"There has been so much hot air generated by the breathless hyperbole surrounding the Art Scene in Glasgow that I have begun to fear the whole city might just float away on a magic cotton wool cloud of miraculous mythologizing. Let’s lasso this blimp and bring it back to earth.

This series of interviews with artists is an attempt to get back to the source, artist-to-artist, straight from the horses mouth. As simple as that. These interviews have been conducted over the past year and I will be continuing, adding more as we go along. I’m an artist, not a curator or a TV producer, I don’t have an angle or an agenda, I’m not making a zeitgeist busting show or trying to squeeze artists into any pre-cast moulds. OK, I’m not objective, I know the artists, I’m an insider and have been involved in many of the events, exhibitions and situations discussed but that aside I have no axe to grind. In terms of the artists selected I simply made a big list of everyone I could think of and I am very, very slowly working my way into that list, catching those who are around/have time etc. I want to know about the work. I wanted to hear the artists talking about their work. That holds great value. These interviews are long and unedited. There is no narrative imposition. The conversations stretch out into as much space as was required, what a luxury. In a way they can be seen as a portrait of each artist, we are both miked up but you only see the artist. In this way I hope it begins to articulate a more authentic voice where the focus can return to the work. This is the beginning." Ross Sinclair, 2013

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