From a constant need to document the very ordinary and seemingly unremarkable as a young photographer, Clare’s art has since evolved to a focus on interrogating and honouring lived experience as a woman of colour, all the while situating herself on the lands she has called home. Looking at the body, objects, and place, she continually returns to notions around embodiment, consumption, labour, and loss. These ideas help shape the landscape where her subjectivities and personal politics collide.
Clare works primarily in photography, creating pieces that are at once, conceptual art and documentary. She has explored use of complementary mediums including performance, video, installation, and writing. Her practice further extends into the gestures of walking and photographing in urban environments — as a flâneuse and female street photographer — roles she has inhabited since the early 2000s.
As Clare has come to discern over time, her art practice diverges beyond traditional notions of what contemporary art-making can entail. It is inspired and shaped by community, and driven by social change and justice. In fall 2020, Clare co-founded and launched United Aunties, an arts association that supports independent artists and artisans with racialized and equity-seeking backgrounds through collaborative art-making initiatives. Based on the values of care and solidarity, Aunties exists as an extension of Clare’s community-rooted art practice that cultivates and strengthens community connections in Vancouver’s Chinatown and beyond.