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Sydney Clare Checkland

Stand: 319


Artist's Statement

What I photograph is secret. I explore views invisible to the naked eye. These tiny worlds have incredible beauty, resonate with the more visible world and yet are untouchable. The work is not what it seems, landscapes are not real, ‘dawn’ is not dawn, ‘opal’ may not be an opal.

Inspired by memories of my daughter’s absorption as a child examining objects in her hands for ages I took to looking closer and closer at objects close to hand. Am delighted by my creation of mysterious, luminous images of the rejected, the damaged, the aged and overlooked.

The objects photographed, although mundane, are mine and are kept safe from outside influence or damage.

I am interested in the confusion created by the concept of turning things the size of a fingernail into the size of a window. Some viewers see them as images of the astronomical – the spectrum of scale fascinates. All images are abstract: much pleasure is taken from interpretations of my work. 

Self taught, images are taken in natural light in the studio with little manipulation apart from cropping. Printed onto aluminium using a dye sublimation process that adds a delightful luminosity and depth. 


Sydney Clare is an artist photographer: shortlisted for Jerwood Visual Arts Artist’s Bursary 2017, she received Honourable Mentions; Abstract for ‘pike 3’, 2015, and ‘scarlet/scarletblack, 2018, in the International Photography Awards and shortlisted for the Close-up Photographer of the Year 2019. 

Fascinated by responses to her work as the viewer gets to grips with the idea of photography being truly abstract. The question of what the viewer is looking at remains a secret. The artist forces the viewer to work at interpreting what they are seeing.

Sydney Clare’s practise as an artist follows an initial career as mechanical engineer making diverse products such as aero engines for Rolls Royce and riding hats for Thomas Townend. She drew upon her business experience to set up in interior design and secondly a jewellery company, but has found her true passion in photography. She now draws upon all skills to maintain a professional and disciplined practice, whilst enjoying new freedom, creativity and artistic innovation.

Exhibitions include; Dundee Art Fair 2019, Art-Rooms, London 2019, Manchester Art Fair 2016, 2017, 2018 The Other Art Fair 2017, Pittenweem Arts Festival 2016, 2017, 2018, Affordable Art Fair London and Hong Kong 2105, 20/21 International Art Fair 2015 





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