Clare McCracken is a Melbourne based mixed-media artist and PhD candidate at RMIT University, researching methodologies of participatory art in the age of hyper mobility. She is the recipient of the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Clare’s practice includes large-scale immersive installations, fine art objects and contemporary performance works. She often works site-specifically, across disciplines and collaboratively with both other artists and community to create works that interrogate contemporary social, political and environmental issues from an Australian perspective. Her practice is characterised by strong and often textural visuals, performance, participation, story telling, humour and fiction.
Clare has installed over 30 temporary public artworks across ten municipalities in Melbourne as well as at Federation Square and 600 Bourke Street. In 2009 she installed Speed Cheek, a permanent installation beside the EastLink shared-user path in Noble Park. She also has permanent works installed at the Post Office Hotel, Richmond, along the Victorian Rail Corridor at Diggers Rest and Sunbury and at the Abbey Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. Clare’s work has been exhibited in Melbourne and internationally over the last eight years including at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Kids Corner, Gallery Smith, Sa Sa Bassac gallery in Cambodia, at the German Consulate in Shanghai and the Stadtishe Galerie in Reutlingen, Germany. Clare’s work is included in private collections and the State Library of Victoria’s rare books collection.
Clare has worked collaboratively on site-specific immersive contemporary performance works since 2012 working as a designer on Talon Salon, an audio theatre work supported by Next Wave 2012; on two works for the Knox City Council: The Locker Room in 2014 and Spinning Yarns in 2013 and on The Becalmed Heart which was presented as part of the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island in 2015 and was supported by Creative Victoria and the Australia Council. In 2016 she produced Section 32, an immersive contemporary performance work, which transformed an ordinary suburban home into a vision of the future: exploring how domestic routines, interpersonal relationships and the fabric of the house itself might adapt to a post carbon world affected by climate change, extreme weather events, population increase and new technologies such as driverless cars and virtual reality.