Updated Artist Statement
Sorcha Clelland also known as Shrek6_6_6 previously known as Sarah Clelland creates performances, paintings, drawings, photographs, installations and music. Clelland creates work through a process of instinctive experimentation which can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual.
Their performances are given improper functions: significations are inverted and form and context merge. Products and movements are dissociated from their original meaning, by which the system that they most commonly function is exposed. Initially unambiguous meanings are shattered and disseminate endlessly. They create events which still have to take place or have just ended: moments which in that time exists as pure truth. There is no narrative thread.
Inspired by the Avant-Garde feminist movement of the 1970s and Judith Butler’s Theory of Sex/Gender with the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, Clelland makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented.
Their works are an investigation into representations of unconcrete ages and situations as well as personal depictions and ideas that can only be realised in performance. Applying specific combinations and manipulation, different functions and/or contexts are created.By referencing romanticism, camp, the grotesque, fantasy and symbolism Clelland presents an idea of reclaiming, reclaiming a world to be your world. Shrek currently lives and works in Glasgow.