Meet the Artist 2018: Clare Morvan
Published: 20 June 2018
Clare Morvan primarily works with fused glass. She is fascinated by colour and light and says that glass is the best medium to achieve pure saturated colour, both transparent and opaque. Her passion for colour is also reflected in her colourful, highly glossed abstract paintings. Both her glass and acrylic artwork are inspired by the environment, either depicting her love of the local Jersey beaches and flora or making a pro-environment statement.
We asked Clare some questions about her creative practice and the Jersey arts scene:
What is the most important tool in your studio?
Like every artist, hands and eyes! Otherwise glass cutters and the kiln. I’m also very thankful for my safety glasses and fine particles mask.
What project or artwork are you working on now?
I just finished my first solo exhibition at The Harbour Gallery so I have depleted stocks. So I'm busy firing glass for Skipton and painting my mural in New Street.
How do you know when a work is finished?
When I sign it - I’m signing off the work. It’s as simple as that. If my signature is not somewhere on the piece, front or back, I’m not satisfied with it.
What’s your favourite place to see art?
Abroad! I love traveling. Musee d’Orsay, Venice, Florence and my most favorite was Turkey. A hotel had been built in the 1960s around a Roman Villa. In the courtyard of the villa was a natural effervescent warm spa. During the subsequent years an earthquake had tumbled the Roman columns into the water. I visited in the early 1990s when tourists were allowed to snorkel among the magnificent ruins. Bliss!
What have you been doing so far in preparation for Skipton Open Studios?
Firing lots of glass, painting the box for the Royal Square, meetings etc.
Why should we visit your studio?
4 artists at one site - Anna d’Alessandro, Lizi Hill, Rebecca Friedman as well as myself - offering different artwork - paintings, photos, glass bowls.
What is the best thing you’ve enjoyed as part of the recent cultural offering in Jersey?
For a couple of summers there were fantastic pebble sculptures at L’Etac slip. The public just started creating spontaneously. Every day there were new gravity defying pieces. I’m looking forward to hearing James Blunt at Fort Reagent.
Why are you based in Jersey and does your location here influence your work? If so, how?
I was born and grew up in Jersey. Naturally I love the sea and beach and this shows in my work. Also the light here really shows off colour.
What do you find most unique about the Jersey creative scene?
I don’t know if this is unique but what I love about the Jersey art scene is that it’s varied, there are opportunities to join in and the established artists and galleries can be helpful and nurturing.
If I could ‘wave a magic wand’ and grant you one wish that would impact upon your work or life as an artist, what would it be?
If it was a really magic wand I would go back in time and hangout with the Renaissance artists in Florence.