Claire Mc Dermott

The concept behind Claire Mc Dermott work is based on spent anatomy of a flower.  Now setting seed the older flower no longer draws the same attention as it once did, but Mc Dermott finds gems full of wonderment as if in an undiscovered world of microscopic studies.  She asks us what do we know about plants.  She reflects on what has been planted in our conscious verses our deep experience of plants. 


With her detailed paintings and drawing of everyday flowers, not in high bloom, but on the wane, her hope is that we re-see, beyond our prejudices, an image of something unfamiliar: Unfamiliar because the flower in her paintings are both magnified and spent, an unfamiliar combination for the viewer.  The water colour paintings are botanically correct showing the structure and function of plants at a scale that a bee may observe.  Her current project titled - Identity, derives from microscopic studies of Michaelmas daisies.


The meeting between Mc Dermott’s paintings and sculpture is located at the formation of petals when those petals progress into contorted yet exquisite forms, captivating yet unnoticed:  Drawing us into the wider social and ecology issue.


Her adaptation of plants continue by feasting the eye on details from her research.  Using their ecology and habitat she transforms her finding into sculpture by homing in on her ornate interpretation to stage her own engineered structures.  These contemporary sculptures with their symbolic components reflect and incorporate her urban environment.