Claire Mc Dermott MRBS artwork is based on botanical sculpture/ installation/ photography and illustration by creating a body of work around a particular flower.  She allows the subject to lead her into new directions as she explores the essence of nature.


Mc Dermott's 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 plant anatomy of spent 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 issue regarding what we might consider ‘deformed’ and what we accept as ‘beauty’ within the distortion.


Her adaptation of plants continue through drawn studies and researches into their ecology and habitats, while she transform her findings through sculpture.  These contemporary sculptures with their symbolic components reflect and incorporate her urban environment.


 
Claire Mc Dermott