CLARE TOMS / MELBOURNE - MEXICO

Clare Toms is a visual artist based between Melbourne and Mexico.

She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art through the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane.

Whilst frequently experimenting with photography and installation, she majored in Oil Painting which is her main area of practice.

Clare shows internationally- Los Angeles and London. Other international projects include work exhibited as part of a travelling exhibition which traversed the Trans- Siberian Railway (Beijing to Moscow), and also in Mexico with an installation piece being included in a Mexico City Arts Festival. Clare exhibits throughout Australia, most recently with 19Karen Contemporary Artspace- Gold Coast, Lethbridge Gallery – Brisbane, Brenda May Gallery- Sydney and Metro Arts- Brisbane. Clare has been a finalist in various art prizes including theWaterhouse International Art Prize- South Australian Museum Adelaide, the William and Winifred Bowness Photographic Prize- Monash Gallery of Art Victoria, the Lethbridge 10000- Lethbridge Gallery Brisbane and the Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Biennial Art Prize, this year judged by Artist Davida Allen.

Conceptually her work explores themes of intangible and physical transience and our interconnectedness with the environment, through the creation of contemporary, secular memento-mori pieces. Travel and transience are important themes in Clare’s work, and travel plays a significant part in the process of conceptual development.

Clare has worked on various side projects such as an international collaboration, teaching visual arts, and working with children as part of an Intercultural art program between Australia and Peru.