Felled (East) is one of a suite of drawings on the theme of forestry made using unprocessed charcoal from a garden bonfire. I began by rubbing the dust and unevenly burnt charcoal fragments over half of the paper and from these ‘organic’ marks discovered the remains of roots and branches. Wood has long provided us with fuel, construction material and paper, but as the human population grows so does our hunger for natural resources, leading to the inexorable industrialisation of the countryside. Tree plantations are felled by machines which are themselves powered by fossilised wood. Afterwards the brash is burned or piled up to rot and the land, mangled by machinery, can now only support another short-lived tree monoculture. This drawing depicts one aspect of this devastation. However, the heaps of discarded branches perhaps also suggest the roiling waves of the sea. A form of renewable energy for the future – or another part of our world that we are in danger of ruining through our relentless exploitation?
Clare studied archaeology (MA Hons Edin) and Fine Art (BA Hons SHU). Since leaving archaeology she has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning the JD Fergusson Art Award (2009) and the Derbyshire Trophy, Buxton (2006). Recent solo exhibitions include the Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology (2018), the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (2016) the John Muir Trust (2014 and forthcoming) and the National Trust for Scotland (2012). Clare is a member of Fife Printmakers