Clémence Hémard-Hermitant has been selected as the 2017 AER Bow Arts-RawLab Resident!
Clémence‘s practice has always had a strong narrative quality, focusing on characters and their lives within specific settings. In 2014 Clémence started working on larger scaled sculptures recalling the story of villagers who have disappeared, through time, in a small village in the south of France.
The work questioned how tight communities are struggling to survive in a changing world and how important these human ties are in coping with life’s adversities. Clémence re-used fabrics and clothing that gave a second life to these characters and enabled the stories that she had been told to come to life. Clémence graduated in 2014 and moved on to having a studio at the Bomb Factory Art Foundation where Clémence shares a space with another artist. She has continued his research into communities and have taken a special interest into the ageing process, of its effect on the mind and body and the precariousness that goes with it. The work touches on people’s vulnerability, heightened by poverty and the solitude that seeps through our cities.