Sutton Projects


Exhibition Dates: 1 – 23rd May 2015
Gallery hours: Friday – Saturday 1 – 5 pm

Sutton Projects is pleased to present 20+9+5 a solo exhibition by photo-media artist Clare Rae. Rae’s practice utilises the body, gesture and performative photography to explore feminine representation. She engages photography, stop motion animation and performance to navigate and defy the limitations of the everyday environments she inhabits. Her practice explores tension, portraying situations that offer alternative spatial and psychological interactions between her body and the possibilities that are held in her surrounds. Through a dialogue on the performative body in art practice, the work seeks to address the dichotomies inherent in photography; between capture and representation.

In 20+9+5 Rae has returned to the darkroom, producing black and white silver gelatin prints for the show. The subject matter is new territory; she photographed herself within the project space whilst pregnant and again after giving birth. As most of her work is centered around her experience of the female body, here Rae has created images with the body in its most extremely feminine state. The title of the exhibition refers to various lengths of time relevant to this body of work.


march news

As we say good bye to summer and hello to cardigans, I’d love to let you know about a few exhibitions I’m in over the coming months.

With Her Feet Off the Ground is currently showing at Counihan Gallery, until the 29th of March. Featuring four women artists, Barbara Brugola, myself, Kawita Vatanajyankur and Heidi Yardley, the exhibition was curated by Simone Hine and explores the female form in a state of flux. Simone has written a fantastic essay to accompany the exhibition, and we were lucky to be reviewed by Dan Rule in The Age last weekend. Click here to read the review online.

In April my collaborative project with Simone Hine, Stages, will be shown at Screen Space. Stages premiered at the Queensland Festival of Photography in 2014, at Boxcopy in Brisbane. I’m excited to show these images in their entirety here in Melbourne; this project marked a return to the darkroom for me which was incredibly invigorating, and reminded me of the thrill of analogue photography. There’s nothing like watching an image appear in the developer tray! Stages will open on Saturday the 18th of April from 3-5pm, concluding on the 23rd of May.

I’m also working towards a solo exhibition at Sutton Projects, opening on the 1st of May. Again I’ve gone back to the darkroom, producing black and white prints for the show. The subject matter is new territory for me, I photographed within the project space whilst pregnant and again after giving birth. As most of my work is centered around the female body, and my experience of it, I wanted to create some images with my body in its most extremely feminine state. The exhibition dates are 1-23 May, with an opening celebration on Friday the 1st from 6-8pm.

Further down the track in July I’m participating in a group exhibition at BUS Projects in Collingwood, enigmatically titled to not believe in the devine yet always aspire to reach it. More on that at a later date. Please let me know if you’d like more information on any of these exhibitions, I hope to see you at one or all!


Untitled (work in progress) 2015 to be shown at Sutton Projects in May.


Re-raising consciousness

A quick note to say I’ve got a small print in this show curated by Katherine Hattam, Harriet Morgan and Fayen D’Evie, titled Re-Raising Consciousness. It’s on at TCB until the 29th of November, and there are a few events happening that may be of interest. Check the TCB website for more.




Performing Absence

Please join me for the opening of Performing Absence, a group exhibition curated by Victoria Bennett.
Details below:

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If you’re up Brisbane way, please pop into Boxcopy to view my latest exhibition, Stages, a collaborative project with Simone Hine.

We have approached the exhibition in a collaborative way: Simone and I have each created a new work that responds to the Rosina Auditorium at the Abbotsford Convent. Using the same space as a set for both artist’s work, I have produced a series of black and white photographs (one of which is above) whilst Simone has produced a multi-channel video installation. We have brought our own aesthetic and line of questioning to the chosen space, creating a dialogue between different ways of seeing, understanding, and representing the female body. The convergences mark a shared history of art, whilst the divergences mark our individual response to the room in which the works were produced.

Stages is part of the Queensland Festival of Photography, and runs from the 5th – 26th of April 2014.

Stages has been featured on the Abbotsford Convent blog, alongside an overview of other projects I’ve photographed at the Convent.


Untitled Actions (for Stages) 2014 silver gelatin photograph 50 x 50 cm



Melbourne Now

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I’m thrilled to announce the opening of Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, this Friday the 22nd of November. For the exhibition I’ve created a series of photographs and a stop-motion video work, which are installed on the ground floor of NGV Australia, at Federation Square. The work was captured at NGV International, in the public and private spaces of the building.

There is a free iPhone app and ebook available on iTunes, with essays and information on all the artists in the show.


Untitled (glass plates) 2013

You’ll find my work in the NGV studio space on the ground floor of NGVA, highlighted here in yellow. Alongside me is Simon Obarzanek and Phuong Ngo.




Sydney Contemporary

I’m excited about the Sydney Contemporary art fair next week, my new work Interact will be showing at the Beam Contemporary booth.
Open to the public from the 19th – 22nd of September. Here’s a preview of one of the images in the series, Untitled # 2:





Please join me for SUB12, a yearly curated exhibition of new work at The Substation, Newport.
Also see below for details of the artist talks, to be held on Sunday the 21st of July at 1pm.






True self 2

True Self has launched and all the collaborative works look great! Head to the auction website Gala Bid to see the range of works and place a bid.
A limited edition run of A3 prints are also available at the exhibition, for $85 each. Head to the GPO before Sunday 23rd June to catch the show.
Here’s my collaborative photograph with Dylan Martorell, and a little blurb on what it’s about:

For their True Self collaboration, Dylan Martorell and Clare Rae have created an image that combines their interests in costuming and gesture to capture a positive self-image summoned from childhood fantasies and mythologies. For the project they created a series of costumes using various found materials gleaned from the streets of Brunswick. The resulting image is part speculative Sci-fi fantasy, part modern day ethnography, with a nod to childhood heroes of DIY, Stig of the Dump and Catweazle.





True Self

If you’re passing through the city over the coming month pop into TRUE SELF at the GPO. I have collaborated with Dylan Martorell  to create  a photograph for auction over the course of the exhibition. All proceeds are going to Fitted For Work, an excellent charity that provides outfitting and interview services for disadvantaged women looking for employment.

Level1, GPO, cnr Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.
31st May – 23rd June 2013

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Northern Lights Artist Talk

Please join me for the Northern Lights artist talk on Saturday the 23rd of March at 2pm.
Louise Blyton, Peta Clancy, Justine Khamara and Clare Rae in conversation with curator Cara-Ann Simpson.

Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre
7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora




Northern Lights

Please join me for the opening of Northern Lights, at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

Northern Lights