Look up – or should we say out. We inhabit a thin slice. Beneath us are layers of soil, sand, rock and magma; and above us, layers less visible radiate out from our sphere of heavier, terrestrial elements. The nestled spheres of our atmosphere are home to the clouds.
The mobiles hanging in the Schoolhouse Gallery are an invitation to cloud-gaze. The circles of sky drift gently, stirred by a breeze from an open window. These “cloud portraits” belong to Hobart. Clouds are the movement of air and water made visible, and Hobart’s cloudscapes are distinctly shaped by its geography: the mountain, the river, the sea, the city. Nothing operates in isolation Beyond the clouds the sky looks blue, and if you get far enough out and look back, the planet looks blue too. A pale blue dot, precious and extraordinary, suspended in space.
Claire Pendrigh is an Australian visual artist. Pendrigh’s work is characterised by a search to locate the individual within the mechanics of our macrocosm. Often combining concepts from science with elements and materials from the domestic, her work explores the tension between the scale of the universe and the everyday experience of being human.
After graduating from a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at the Australian National University in 2009, Pendrigh has continued to develop her practice by participating in artist residency programs around the world including NES Residency in Iceland (2012), Studio Kura Residency in Japan (2015) and Awesome Arts Creative Challenge residencies with schools in regional and remote Western Australia (2015 & 2017). In 2017/18 she was a studio resident at Contemporary Arts Tasmania.