Claudia Greathead

Claudia Gratehead: 'Sleet Meat'


Oil on board

109 x 146cm


By recasting moments through her gestural use of paint, Gratehead conjures up an uncanny ghostliness out of the mundane. She resurrects narratives and considers the way that they linger; the strangeness that pervades after the moment is imagined, distorted or lost over time.

Her paintings are shrouded in a persistent elusiveness. They show how the pursuit of truth through a revisitation of the past can sometimes lead to an even greater incomprehensibility. This only makes her work more enduring and though these images are born out of personal experience, they are autonomous in their ambiguity and take on a life of their own.


Excerpt from Making Out Low Ground essay by Elle Charalambu, 2019