KATE CLAYTON

In September 2012, my partner, Kate Clayton, began a Masters in Fine Art at Dundee Art College. As a writer and photographer, I followed her every step of the way, from tentative beginnings - when she had no art practise to speak of - to fully realised final degree show in the summer of 2014.

The starting point of the installation below was a postcard Kate received from her grandmother in 1960. That's a giant print of it on the left, and a painting of it - that a group of Kate's friends and colleagues did over four days - on the right.

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The grass-covered mound was the star of that exhibition, as is made clear over several pages on a website called
Strange Bundle. It's called that partly because there is such a variety of different stuff going on. But mostly it portrays Kate making use of her past to enliven the present, and has me behind the scenes making use of Kate's appearance, personality and ideas towards the same end.

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Now that Kate's MFA is complete, she has moved to Glasgow in order to further her art practice. Bye-bye, darling. (No matter, I see her nearly every week, we are still 'together'.) Her latest bio states:

'Kate Clayton is a performance artist based in Glasgow. Within her practice she works collaboratively, collectively and individually. Her interests focus on visibility of older women, ageing, friendship and conflict, feminism and the collaborative process. Her work involves artistic personas (Silver Swimmer, Art Scrubber) performed in different contexts and environments: public spaces, galleries, domestically, in cabaret and within the landscape.'

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Kate's own website is administered by me, and that is
here. By 'administered', I mean I update it with photos and the odd text. The site would be nothing without her compelling presence.

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