We have been delighted to sponsor artist Claire Luxton for her new solo exhibition BOTANICA. Flowers have been a recurring theme in much of her work and we were impressed by the bold and graphic images that she creates. We spoke to Claire to find out more about her art and why she is so inspired by flowers.
When did you first became interested in art, Claire, what inspired you?
I think I was creative before I could walk. For me, art is something that has always been a part of my life and is an integral part of my personality. I believe that art can really change the way that you look at the world. I remember seeing Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North’ when I was about 8 years old and being blown away by the form, scale and location of the piece. Even then I was inspired by the landscape, water, and things occurring in nature.
How would you describe your recent work?
I would describe my work as ‘sculptural floral narratives’. Although the physical core of my practice is photography, with each image I create, I must first start with the physical. The actual flowers, the water, the Perspex, my body, each flower must be sculpted around my form, and mine around theirs. I devise each layout in the same way that I would a painting, taking into account, colour, flow, form, energy and composition.
What do you most enjoy about working with flowers?
The thing I most enjoy about working with flowers is the juxtaposition between strength and fragility. After years of shooting only myself, I now have beautiful fellow forms to shoot with. I love their robust shapes, yet delicate nature and the subtle nuances different placements, structure and colour can bring to an image.
What do flowers mean to you? Do you have any favourites?
When it comes to what flowers mean to me it’s less about symbolic attachments, and more about a moment, memory or emotion. I think flowers can be very evocative and allude to an infinite number of different times and places, and I think that’s why they are so powerful to so many people. I also love flowers as I see a lot of beauty in their architectural structures, and enjoy playing with how I can adapt them to fit into my work. A few of my favourites are Protea or Sugarbushes as they are also known and I also love hydrangea and eucalyptus.
Why did you approach McQueens with this collaboration?
I came across McQueens on Instagram and just totally fell for the brand’s style and aesthetic. I really love how McQueens approach floristry from what seems like a fine art perspective, working on unusual displays that I haven’t seen elsewhere. I felt that, both aesthetically and artistically, our brands would work well together, and I’m so pleased that we were able to collaborate in such a creative way!
What are your plans for the future?
Well, I’m obviously super excited for my new solo exhibition ‘BOTANICA’ to open on the 2nd of November and for the full collection to finally be seen! Following on from BOTANICA, I also have a new mini collection of wallpaper coming out in collaboration with a fantastic Scandinavian company called Feathr. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be able to explore my work in a new format. In the New Year, I’m honoured to be exhibiting my work with the Contemporary Collective at the London Art Fair for the first time, and I will also be returning to the AAF Hampstead in May.