Felicity Clear’s practice involves the intersection of line, light and perception.
Drawing in a variety of mediums and in various scales is at the core, from small two-dimensional works on paper to large sculptural installations and hand drawn animation.
The provisional nature of drawing and its other technical role in engineering, architecture and everyday life are central reference points. Perspective is often skewed and three-dimensional elements cast shadows which present visual conundrums. As Francis Halsall says in ‘Drawing the line’ in Irish Arts Review autumn 2019: ‘Given the priority that Clear gives to line, the work is often suggestive of the aesthetic forms of infrastructure, alluding as they do to maps, plans, scaffoldings and support structures. Through these allusions to infrastructure, her meticulous and intricate constructions become highly effective metaphors for the systems that are ubiquitous in everyday life’.
Felicity Clear is from Dublin she was educated at the National College of Art and Design, and later received an MA from Dun Laoghaire College of Art Design and Technology. Her practice is drawing based, including drawing installation and animation. Her work has been included in curated group exhibitions in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Arts Society London, Crawford Gallery Cork, The National Gallery Dublin, The Model Sligo, Limerick City Gallery, The Dock Leitrim and Highlanes Drogheda, Agnews London. Solo Exhibitions include: Oonagh Young Gallery, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, The Lab Dublin, The Rubicon Gallery Dublin, Lexicon Dun Laoghaire, Galway Arts Centre, Mermaid Arts Centre. Her work is included in public and private collections including National Drawing Collection, The Arts Council, Goldman Sachs UK. Clear is currently part time lecturer in the National College of Art and Design.