Claudia Williams

Claudia Williams creates striking sets of drawings exploring a variety of key themes important to her or from a recent experience. Frequently the themes are reoccurring, focusing on her passion for music and knowledge of record labels, singers, bands and the people in her life. At other times her focus is unexpected and related to something she has observed or encountered. She often combines themes, fusing popular games with names of musicians, shop signs and song titles. Claudia has a deep need to express herself through her drawings, using her artwork to communicate ideas and feelings. She is prolific, frequently producing up to twenty drawings a day to fully explore and work through an idea. Writing is a vital element in Claudia’s work. She always writes her name and the date the work was created, as well as frequently including song lyrics and names of particular singers. Often her written ideas merge together creating intriguing titles for work.

Exhibitions

Biography

Claudia Williams joined Action Space in 2013 and quickly established herself as a key resident artist at the Voltaire Studio with a clear, definite practice. In 2014 Claudia exhibited with ActionSpace for the first time during ‘Watch This Space’ as part of WAF, the Wandsworth Arts Fringe. The Studio Voltaire Members Show in 2015 was Claudia’s first exhibition in a contemporary gallery. Then in 2016 Claudia developed a live drawing installation event for ‘Watch This Space’ in an empty shop unit at the Southside Shopping Centre. Event participants worked alongside Claudia, inspired by her practice, developing their own drawings to add to the installation. For WAF 2019 Claudia created a series of drawings for ‘London I am Still In Love With You’, a live takeover of Johann Aren’s Pump House Gallery exhibition. Visitors experienced Claudia’s unique drawing process and unpredictable visual mashups of song titles fused with objects, favourite foods and London locations in drawings sited throughout Aren’s exhibition. Claudia’s Live drawing practice is showcased in the film short ‘Making it Live’ for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe in 2020.

Claudia’s prolific drawing practice is also explored in the online ActionSpace solo exhibition CRACK CRACK CRACK where her work is presented through film shorts and time-lapse to capture Claudia’s unique wall layouts and drawing process.

In 2021 Claudia was invited to a month-long residency in ‘The Studio’ at Studio Voltaire to develop new work, lead workshops and hold a live drawing event. This residency was part of the public programme accompanying Studio Voltaire’s exhibition by William Scott. Claudia shared her unique practice with participants from One Trust and Lansdowne School during two interactive workshops. Participants were invited to create collage and drawing work alongside and in response to Claudia’s practice. On the final residency day the public were invited to view Claudia’s drawing process in action as she completed an extensive 3 wall drawing installation. Alongside the residency drawings, Claudia presented a series of her ‘greatest hits’ drawings of musicians playing the piano including Elton John, Barry White and Aretha Franklin.

Workshops

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