Clare Bottomley

MA work

Recently I spent four month trying to live like Jesus. I dressed like Jesus and ate like Jesus and tried to complete Jesus-related tasks such as walking on water and washing people's feet.

I wanted to highlight the role and influences religion plays in what is seen by many as a secular Western society. In my opinion it has left a stagnant residue that influences and overwhelms us moralistically, judgmentally and epistemically.

The series presented at the final show aims to confront the viewer with the recognisable iconography of Christianity, to inaugurate an interrogation of their own personal relationship with the old religion rites,  to highlight how Christianity's laws and rules still have an oppressive impact on how we live our lives, by playing with religious imagery and stories as aesthetic guidelines.

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2013

  • Recently I spent four month trying to live like Jesus. I dressed like Jesus and ate like Jesus and tried to complete Jesus-related tasks such as walking on water and washing people's feet.

    I wanted to highlight the role and influences religion plays in what is seen by many as a secular Western society. In my opinion it has left a stagnant residue that influences and overwhelms us moralistically, judgmentally and epistemically.

    The series presented at the final show aims to confront the viewer with the recognisable iconography of Christianity, to inaugurate an interrogation of their own personal relationship with the old religion rites,  to highlight how Christianity's laws and rules still have an oppressive impact on how we live our lives, by playing with religious imagery and stories as aesthetic guidelines.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport, 2008
  • Experience

  • Lecturer in photography, SGS Stroud College, Stroud, 2009–present; Media education co-ordinator, Wandsworth Youth Service, London, 2011–12; Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, 2009–10
  • Exhibitions

  • All I Want is Out of Here, October Gallery, London, 2012; 2010 New Releases, 111 Font Syreet, New York, 2010; Spring Show, X-INITIATIVE Gallery, New York, 2010; Eight Wonders of the Modern World, ITS, Trieste, 2009
  • Awards

  • Shortlisted, Deutsche Bank Award, 2013; Winner, SVA PhotoGlobal Award, International Talent Support, 2009; Winner, !TS EIGHT PHOTOWEB, 2009
  • Publications

  • Waving Flags, Oliver Richon, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Black Dog Publishing, 2013