Paintings by Claire Bridge

Claire Bridge painting “It’s not that the planet is separate from us. We have a relationship, an interrelationship… and we also have that with ourselves and with each other” – Claire Bridge

Claire Bridge is an Australian artist, of Anglo-Indian and culturally Deaf (Auslan) heritage who works across ceramic sculpture, textiles, painting, video, sound/vocals, performance, and collaboration to explore body, gesture, voice and power, gendered violence, intergenerational legacies, and the labours of personal and cultural repair.

Drawing on frameworks founded in social aesthetics, neurobiology, and somatic psychology, and techniques designed to reconfigure and repair dysregulated individuals’ nervous systems, Bridge’s practice challenges the myth of individualism and systemic patriarchal and ableist paradigms. Through an intersectional feminist lens, Bridge’s work queers and ruptures the status quo, disrupting entrenched paradigms and offering possibilities for hope and future worlding.

Her ceramic Bombshells sculptures challenge notions of sexuality, violence and societal modes of female representation. She draws on intersectional feminist protest traditions in her textile mourning banners, Your Silence Will Not Protect You -after Audre Lorde, underscoring the silencing of women’s voices. Bridge’s interest in neuroscience and relational repair inform her innovative video/sound work Recalibrate, at the intersections of sick theory, care, empathy, race and gender.