Clare Strand works with photography. Siegfried Kracauer would recognize her as a fellow “Rag Picker”. She describes her working method as being like "rolling in the grass and seeing what you pick up on your jumper.” Strand’s constantly evolving practice brings together intensive research, deadpan humour and insights into popular culture, shifting from the mysterious and the absurd to understanding public obsessions, often via trickery and manipulation. Recent exhibited work includes machines to encourage entropy, web programs, looped films, Fairground stalls and intricate photographic constructions focusing on, subverting, reimagining and manipulating the medium’s origins.
“There is always something odd, in a good way, about Strand’s work. That oddity rests in the tension between her often personal, always playful take on conceptualism and her willfully old-fashioned methods, the archive images, black-and-white tones and kinetic machines here are a case in point.”
Sean Ohagan. Guardian review of the show, Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time 2015.
"The hinterland to her image making is provided by a childhood upbringing where a family life in a suburban cul-de-sac was confounded by true crime magazines, ominous supernatural events, Paul Daniels on Sunday evenings, and a flasher who lived in the house opposite."
Dr Chris Mullen 2009.
Strand's work is held in the collections of Arts Council England; The National Collection; The British Council; The Folkwang Museum; The Unicredit Bank; The New York Library; The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Centre Pompidou and most recently MoMA New York ,The Mead Museum, Massachusetts and The Billie Verhagen Art Collection, The Hague. There are two publications Clare Strand Monograph published by Stedil (2007) and Skirts Published by GOST.(2013). Strand is currently working with MACK on the a new publication Girl Plays with Snake which will launch at Claire De Roeun Books and at Paris Photo 2016.
For enquiries please contact Clare Strand Studio