courtney clinton selfie copyArtist Statement

My conceptual motivation centres around a deep engagement with art making practice and art history. I am currently developing a postal art project that explores the historic tradition of the travel postcard.

The interrelating of seemingly disparate moments in art and technological history is a huge driving force in my practice. I worked and developed my interest in this tension in a recent series of self-portraits, Selfie, bridging historic portrait art with contemporary social media culture.

This theme remains central to my work as I continue to seek out ways of creating which encourage experiencing art as a community practice, and which encourage an awareness of the ever-present influence of history.

In 2020, I was Artist “in Residence” at the Rokeby Museum in Vermont. In (remote) exploration of the museum’s archive of letters and artifacts I discovered the original letters (dated 1891-93) from a correspondence drawing course that Rachael Robsinson Elmer took as an adolescent. My main subject, Rachael, a member of the family memorialized by the museum, was an important illustrator at the start of the 20th century best known for a series of fine art postcards that celebrated the sites of New York City.

From July 27 to October 5th, 2020, I shared this historic material through a 6 part interactive correspondence learning project on the museum’s website.

Correspondence as a bridge between periods in time, artists, and individuals is the heart that emerged from my research at the museum. Looking forward, I am interested in how a project around correspondence could interact with the questions around civil unrest and injustice that came to the forefront this summer – most notably through the Black Lives Matter movement and Me too (which saw a significant revival here in Quebec).

In my current project, I want to adapt the travel postcard and explore how the politics of peace are manifested in the architecture of our city.

In 2020, I was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant. The grant supports a year long  research and creation project including a four month residency at the Rokeby Museum. In 2022, I was awarded a Conseil de la culture Saint-Hyacinthe grant to produce a suspended installation that will be exhibited at the BBAM! Gallery in Fall 2022. My work has shown across North America. Most recently it was selected as part of the TD Wealth – Thor Wealth Management Art Prize and the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and the Salt Spring National Arts Prize. The CBC featured my art in 2018 and 2020. In 2017 I completed 4 years of study at the private art school, Syn Studio.

Curriculum Vitae

Graphic Traffic

The title was borrowed from a term I first heard used by Ross King in his biography, Defiant Spirits, on the Canadian art movement the Group of Seven. It refers to the art and images that influence an artist’s practice. Graphic Traffic is a blog documenting the images and ideas that inform my practice.

Art Advising Services

As an art consultant I bring a unique perspective to art. One that merges creative and business thinking. My analytical approach to buying art builds on my university studies in economics and my passion for painting is a product of my training as a classical painter.

To find out more about my advising services please visit : www.clintonartservices.com