Clare Milledge is an artist and academic. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy The Artist-Shaman and “The Gift of Sight at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2013. Part of her candidacy (2008) was spent at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. She has also studied at the Statens Kunst Akademi in Oslo (2006) and is actively engaged with Norwegian contemporary art.
Through the collection, re-organisation and re-presentation of data and material from environmental fieldwork she builds elaborate process-based installations that draw attention to the hidden structures and hierarchies within the ecologies that surround us. Her practice involves the collation of material from specific sites that is then transformed to create ritualistic installation environments that act as sites or stages. She uses the figure of the artist-shaman as a tool to create these visions and often incorporates experimental sound and performance.
She has exhibited in Oslo twice in 2017. In February she was commissioned to produce a work for Fotogalleriet’s 40-year anniversary exhibition What Remains, curated by Silja Leifsdottir. She created a site-specific text painting on the front windows of the gallery. The text was gathered from geographically specific ecological surveys of vertebrate species using the phone app Tinder and human translations of other vertebrate species calls.
On June 1st she presented a performance, Strigiformes: Binocular, Binaural in Tori Wrånes’ solo exhibition Hot Pocket at the Museet for Samtidskunst, Nasjonalmuseet, Norway, curated by Stina Högkvist. The sound component (a collaboration between herself and Sydney artist Tom Smith) was sourced from owl calls and text from Tinder users' profiles.
More information can be found at www.claremilledge.com