Lenka Clayton. © Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley. Lenka Clayton, The Distance I Can Be From My Son (Park), 2013. Video. 1:43 min. Made during An Artist Residency in Motherhood project. Lenka Clayton, Confetti Stack, 2014 (detail). 18,180 stacked individual pieces of tissue confetti. 1.5cm x 190cm. Photo credit: Tom Little. Lenka Clayton, 7,000 Stones, 2009. Stones, paint, permanent marker, varnish, roadside sign. 110 x 110 x 40 inches. Lenka Clayton, 63 Objects Taken from my Son
Lenka Clayton. © Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley.
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Lenka Clayton, The Distance I Can Be From My Son (Park), 2013. Video. 1:43 min. Made during An Artist Residency in Motherhood project.
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Lenka Clayton, Confetti Stack, 2014 (detail). 18,180 stacked individual pieces of tissue confetti. 1.5cm x 190cm. Photo credit: Tom Little.
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Lenka Clayton, 7,000 Stones, 2009. Stones, paint, permanent marker, varnish, roadside sign. 110 x 110 x 40 inches.
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Lenka Clayton, 63 Objects Taken from my Son's Mouth, 2011 - 2012. Acorn, bolt, bubblegum, buttons, carbon paper, chalk, Christmas decoration, cigarette butt, coins (GBP, USD, EURO), cotton reel, holly leaf, little wooden man, sharp metal pieces, metro ticket, nuts, plastic “O”, polystyrene, rat poison (missing), seeds, slide, small rocks, specimen vial, sponge animal, sticks, teabag, wire caps, wooden block. Size laid out as shown: 40 x 40 x 1 inches.
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Lenka Clayton

Lenka Clayton is a British interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.

For her residency at FWM, Clayton is looking to iconic, historical works of art as the starting point for a new artistic inquiry. While in Philadelphia, the artist was intrigued by Constantin Brancusi’s Sculpture for the Blind in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and developed two new works in response. She will be collaborating with Philadelphia’s blind community, and soliciting international arts professionals for replies to an unanswered letter found in the PMA's archives. Clayton’s new project will debut at FWM on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Clayton and collaborator Jon Rubin will open major new project in March 2017, …circle through New York, commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and funded by the Rothschild Foundation as part of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative. The project will take place consecutively at the Guggenheim Museum and five other locations in a circle throughout the city.

In previous works Clayton has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; searched for all 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper; filmed one person of each age from 1 to 100, and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. Clayton and writer Michael Crowe are currently writing a unique, personal letter to every household in the world.

In 2012, Clayton founded An Artist Residency in Motherhood—a structured, fully-funded artist residency that takes place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children. She now oversees a public, open-source version of the work that has 275 registered current “artists-in-residence-in-motherhood” in 31 countries.


Bio
British, born 1977, lives in Pittsburgh, PA
Lenka Clayton received an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School in 2006, UK and a BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; FRAC Le Plateau, Paris; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria; and the Iran International Documentary Festival. Clayton is collaborating with artist Jon Rubin on a major project, …circle through New York, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to debut in March 2017. In 2012, Clayton founded An Artist Residency in Motherhood. In 2008 she was awarded the Theodore Randall International Chair at Alfred University in New York. Her awards include a Creative Development Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement.