Claire Mc Dermott

The concept behind Mc Dermott’s artwork started to alter when she became aware that her interests in observing botany were being drawn into other natural sciences.  Contortion, compression and evaporation are all part of the formation of petals through senescence, but these processes also interweave into biophysics.  As each petal curls backwards on itself in contortion, no two petals create the same shape and seem to make this transition effortlessly through slow motion.  The shedding of external structural parts after their function has been fulfilled is a brutal process of abstraction as nature’s aim is always to grow to produce the next generation of life regardless of its own mortality.


From her concerns for the ecology of plants Mc Dermott’s outlook has broadened to include the environment.  The intention is not to express issues through defiance but a willingness to explore as if to speak out loud.  These ideas are the basis of the artworks which have been nurtured as they have developed.  The aim is to draw attention and arouse deeper curiosity.  In the artwork titled White Hole, spent energy was defined by encapsulating it in a large weather balloon, giving this phenomenon a visual concept.  From this realisation further artworks have incorporated a circle of white as a symbol of spent energy.


Above image;  Title - untitled.  Materials - photograph mounted on curved metal, reclaimed wood for the Wardian case, fabric and ribbon.  Dimensions - 77h x 90w x 60d cm  Year - 2020d.  Editions 1/12  Project - Energy yet to be posed as in working progress.