Clara Congdon

Clara Congdon is an emerging artist based in Montréal. She creates tactile, hand-stitched drawings and artist’s books as a record of her experience, often focusing on the ways in which that experience is shaped by the socially constructed notion of gender. Congdon holds a BFA from NSCAD University, where she received the Margó Marshall Award for Textiles. Congdon has recently exhibited at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, The Red Head Gallery in Toronto, and Galerie Monastiraki in Montréal. Her artist’s book Want to buy some illusions? is currently featured in Art of the Book 2018, a travelling exhibition of work by members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.


Artist statement

I create hand-stitched drawings and artist’s books as a record of my lived experience, often focusing on the ways in which that experience is shaped by the socially constructed notion of gender. Using processes and materials traditionally marked “feminine,” I also visually interpret the work of writers and performers who examine gender-based oppression and challenge the gender binary.

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