Clare Nattress North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I'm an interdisciplinary artist and educator working in the UK. My works often encompass live data visualisation, mapping systems, performance, photography and installation underpinned with conceptual rigour. Working within the intersection of art and science, I consider collaborations with scientists and other researchers to be a key element in my work.
In 2018 I sold all of my possessions and cycled in parts of the globe for a year, mainly living in a tent and carrying everything I needed on my bike. Having lived a minimalist lifestyle over the past few years, this year long project raised further significant questions regarding the environment, sustainability, endurance and air pollution. Cycling has now become a basis for my art making and practice based research. Living on the road and cycling in remote parts of the world came to an end after a year of pedalling. Upon returning home to the United Kingdom, what follows is an investigation raising further questions on the problems air pollution. Arts practice can offer an interesting scope for research enquiry and a significant critique of this investigation to make this information further accessible to the cycling community and the wider public. This is what my PhD research is based upon and I create performance based works cycling in part of the UK investigating, revealing and disseminating the problems of air pollution. This has manifested not only with performance work, but audio, collage, photography and swabbing. I also work with scientists at York University in their atmospheric chemistry department, working across interdisciplinary methods to collaborate and bring the data I collect on my bicycle to life.