Clare Yow is a Chinese-Canadian visual artist. Her work is foregrounded on memorializing the everyday, while always being concerned with identity politics, community, and social change.
A conceptually driven photo-based artist, Clare has also worked in mediums such as installation, sculpture, performance, video, 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.
Clare holds an MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia and an Honours BFA in Photographic Studies from Ryerson University. Since 2003, she has participated in exhibitions and events across Canada such as at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George), The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton), Koffler Gallery (Toronto), and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. John’s).
Clare resides, works, and parents on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ /Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, now known as Vancouver, BC. Her art studio is located in the city’s historic Chinatown where she grows her art practice independently, while also freelancing on design and marketing projects.
Exhibiting common wealth in Vancouver, BC. Image by Leo Yu.