Based in Basel, Switzerland, Clare Kenny (b. 1976, UK) uses photography as the basis of all her works combining it with a variety of materials including found objects, building materials, ceramics, fabrics, glass, neon and paint. Drawing inspiration from her upbringing in Northern England and her family’s working class background, Kenny often explores notions relating to people’s private lives and shared histories while also seeking to confront fact and fiction, memory and illusion and the immaterial with the physical.

1999-2002 received her BA at Chelsea School of Art London and 2008-2010 MA at HSLU Luzern, Switzerland, and is based in Basel, Switzerland since 2007. She is listed in SIKART, Lexikon zur Kunst, Switzerland; has twice been shortlisted for the Swiss Art Awards; and was awarded the Kunstkredit Prize from the city of Basel in Switzerland in 2013. She was an artist in residence at the IAAB cite des artes, Paris (2013); and at the Institute for Provocation in Beijing, supported by ProHelvetia (2015).

Kenny has exhibited internationally with solo shows at: Touchstones Museum, Rochdale, UK (2017); VITRINE, London, UK (2013 & 2017); Schwarzwaldallee, Basel (2016), CH; Galerie Gisele Linder, Basel (2014 and 2011), CH; Bureau Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); DOLL espace d’art contemporain, Lausanne (2012), CH; and ABBT Projects, Zürich (2011), CH.

My work is generally process driven. The materials I use tend to have a relationship to my life and memories. These are examined and experimented with, so both material and memory come together to create works.
— Clare kenny