Clementine Edwards is a Rotterdam- and Naarm-based artist whose practice is led by sculpture. Her art looks at how certain experiences and relationships might be enriched and expanded through material and at the reproductive potential of non-sentient materials. She works through the lens of post-traumatic stress disorder, departing from the concept of grounding. By addressing the historical present of the materials she engages with within her own situated present-tense, and by applying pressure to those presents, Clementine can then understand them as embodied and interlocked within her social network.
Clementine’s ongoing research line is material kinship, which has its genealogy in the country known as Australia. She locates material kinship in the context of climate colonialism in an attempt to situate both her own body, as a white femme, and the black and brown bodies upon which her settler-colonial privilege is built. With uncontested access to personhood via whiteness, Clementine is then in a position to recuperate non-sentient material as ‘oddkin’, and approach material kinship as intimate world-building in the context of climate crisis.
Since 2017 Clementine has been editing for Casco Art Institute as a freelancer. In 2019 she participated in Casco’s second annual Assembly ‘Our House is on Fire’. The event’s intention was to initiate the collective drafting of a climate justice code for arts institutions and arts practitioners in the Netherlands and beyond. Out of the Assembly a volunteer working group formed, of which she is a part. Across distance and difference, the group has since been developing what is known today as the Climate Justice Code.
Clementine at the DAI:
Learn more about Clementine's 20 minute presentation Take a pug apart and put it back together a pomeranian for CONSTANT CRAVING ~ PERFORMING UNDER CONDITIONS - DAI's 3 day grad acts marathon at State of Concept in Athens, June 2018.
Learn more about Clementine Edwards’ written MA thesis: Proposition: To Complicate the Position of Having Been Raped
Learn more about Clementine Edwards' "life after DAI" by means of their website