Day 9: Claudia Hogg

I’m bouncing with joy to be sharing this creative (@claudy37 on Instagram) with you all, she’s such an inspiration to me as everything she touches turns to gold.

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
I’m Claud, I’m 24, and based in London. To describe my practice I’d have to say (unfortunately) inconsistent, but also playful. My artwork largely consists of drawing and painting & I am slowly beginning to refine an illustratorial style which comprises of small, colourful paintings in watercolour or gouache & line drawings too. Professionally, I develop a programme of workshops, talks and tours at Affordable Art Fair and strive towards increased diversity in the art world. 

How did you develop your practice?
My artist grandfather brought art into my life from a very young age, and since then it has been absolutely central in everything I do from education, to employment, to my personal practice. When studying art history I never gave myself any credit in comparison to the scale of the artists I was studying. But where I am now, I am surrounded by contemporary artists and their work and I know that being an artist/creator/maker encompasses so much more than what is found on the walls of museums – which has been a really exciting discovery. I have a long way to go before I can say I have developed a solid style of my own, but I’m enjoying experimenting along the way! 

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I am inspired by the world around me, nature, artists and creative folk (so I’m incredibly excited for this platform to grow!), the beauty in small and ordinary things, and above all people and my relationships and conversations with those around me. I love my practice because for me it is a truly mindful exercise, when I find focus in creating colour/shape/lines, it is one of the only things I find to be completely meditative. 
In my job, I am inspired to fill the all-too-present holes in representation, whether that’s gender, disability, race, sexuality, or class. There’s a huge amount of work to be done here but there’s nothing more empowering than seeing even the tiniest amount of progress come to life. I was delighted to experience this at our recent Battersea fair where I curated a fantastic panel of women in the arts to celebrate IWD and keep the conversation alive.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
To be a creative feminist means the absolute world to me – it brings together some of my core values and is what inspires me to keep making. I am so lucky to have an incredible network of strong women in my life – my family, my gorgeous friends, and the women I work alongside every day at Affordable Art Fair. I wholeheartedly believe in women supporting women and building each other up, it has 100% brought me to where I am and I attribute so many of my successes to the women in my life who inspire and support me. I want to continue living and breathing this every day and it’s platforms like this that make it possible, so thank you Hannie!

Please give the wonderful Claudy a warm welcome to the community by following her page on Instagram – @claudy37 and commenting below! I’m over the moon to have you onboard Claud.

If you would like to work with Claudy on any projects or commission her wonderful artwork please direct message via her Instagram page.

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