Melbourne based mixed media artist and academic Clare McCracken graduated from a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 2004, majoring in Visual Arts and Theatre Studies. She then completed a Masters Degree in Art in Public Space through RMIT University in 2008.
McCracken’s current practice has two distinct avenues. The first is centred around interactive works within the public realm. Working site-specifically and collaboratively, she undertakes a thorough site analysis to inform her creative output, creating a variety of works that encourage communities to develop a relationship with their local milieu. These works often utalise narrative and pattern as a way of framing place.
The other facet of McCracken’s practice is gallery based and revolves around a series of fictitious characters. Through text, humor and digital images she uses their stories to reflect upon current issues, contemporary life and the impact of story telling on our identity.
McCracken has installed many temporary public artworks across Melbourne including at Federation Square. In 2012 she completed a series of large-scale murals with artist Aslam Akram along the Victorian rail corridor. In 2009 she installed Speed Cheek, a permanent installation beside the EastLink shared-user path in Noble Park. In 2008 she collaborated with Techne Architects on the refurbishment of the old Richmond Post Office into a bar. Clare’s work has been exhibited in Melbourne and Internationally over the last 5 years including at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Kids Corner, Gallery Smith and at Sa Sa Bassac gallery in Cambodia. McCracken’s work is included in privte collections and the State Library of Victoria’s rare books collection.
You can see more of Clare’s work at her website, www.mccracken.com.au