Claire – Outrageously flamboyant

Claire-GraysonFrom 4 November 2017 – 4 February 2018 the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is hosting the exhibition ‘Making Himself Claire: Grayson Perry’s Dresses’. Regular readers of this Blog will know I am a big fan of Grayson Perry and his work. And, Claire is a force of nature.

Claire Turner Prize dress
Turner Prize dress, silk satin, polyester and computer controlled embroidery, designed by Grayson Perry, 2003.  Worn by Perry as his alter ego Claire when he collected the Turner Prize for Art in 2003.

The Exhibition is displaying ensembles designed by students of Central St Martins for this world-famous,  cross-dressing artist as well as outfits designed by Grayson Perry himself.

Sarah Hall Central St Martins
Dress, printed polyester and wool, designed by Sarah Hall, Central St Martins, London, 2009. Deliberately unsettling imagery reflecting the designs of Perry’s ceramics which often have darker meanings upon closer examination.
Angus Lai and Grayson Perry
Dress, printed polyester satin, designed by Angus Lai, Central St Martins, London 2014. And Angus with Grayson Perry in a similar dress in a shorter length. Photo David Levene for The Guardian

A friend of mine recently went along and took some photos to share with me as I can’t get to Liverpool to see these fabulous, outrageous creations.

dress and matching bonnet
Dress and matching bonnet, printed and appliquéd cotton, mixed fabrics and ceramic buttons, designed by Grayson Perry, 2008.

The Exhibition is taking place in the Craft and Design Gallery of the Walker Art Gallery.

high priestess cape grayson perry 2007
High Priestess Cape, silk satin, rayon and computer controlled embroidery, designed by Grayson Perry, 2007.

There is a perennial question ‘Is it art or is it craft?’ that bothers some folk, but I think we can say that both in his Turner Prize winning work, and, his personal expression as Claire, it is all first rate visual culture with no need for post-medieval boundaries.

Here’s a short video from the Walker Gallery of Grayson discussing the Exhibition.

 

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Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

14 thoughts on “Claire – Outrageously flamboyant”

  1. I love the idea of yourself being art (I mean not me personally or you, I mean that a person can do this). I’m so tangled up. Anyway, I applaud the statement and the execution here. I especially love those sheep.

    1. I know what you mean. Part of me would like to be out there as ‘art’, but most of me would be too reserved. An alter ego is appealing as it is separate, but not quite separate enough for me. I am essentially a wimp!

      1. No, I think you just know who are you are. The world needs appreciators as much as performers, and I also think we all have our stage that we are comfortable on.

    1. I would love an alter ego if I was brave enough. I think you have to be full on and present a different, but nevertheless authentic alternative of yourself. I think I am too reserved to carry it off though. Those dresses are something else aren’t they? and so clever!

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