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Show RCA 2019

Meriel Clarke

Show RCA work

Major project:

One loose sheet from 'Lightness' and 'Niceness', and even then, with constant interruption

Installation of Herringbone backsplash, fading light and sound effects – egg cracked and tape stuck to itself (3 mins 44 sec – looped).


  • My work explores unease within the organised contemporary domestic. I am interested in the out-of-place, the pieces of human detritus that collect around the edges of a space. Disorder that pushes up against or permeates through the boundaries of our homes. I make a backdrop, a faked fragment referencing a domestic interior, and to this I introduce a disturbance. The wet sharp echo of an egg cracked, then prised apart, or the sickly-sweet scent of synthetic blueberry. Taking ordinary objects and subverting them, asking 'is everything okay here?', I explore something ‘slightly off’ and the supernatural space between uncertainty and confirmation.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art: Sculpture, University of Brighton, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Incidental People', Flat Time House, London, 2019; 'Supercult', Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; 'Surface Tension', R.A.W Labs, London, 2018; WIP Show, Royal College of Art Sculpture Building, London, 2018; 'Orissa Style', Link Gallery, Manchester, 2017; 'Modalities', Dukes Keep, Southampton, 2015; 'Made It', University of Brighton, Brighton, 2015; 'Thinking/Drawing', Curious Projects, Eastbourne, 2014; 'Headroom', University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, 2014; 'Also, Too, As well', The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2012
  • Awards

  • Artist International Development Fund, Arts Council England, 2016; Seoul National University of Korea Prize, In Recognition of Outstanding Artistic Achievement, 2015
Royal College of Art