About this artwork

Barclay was commissioned to make this installation as part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Although her sculptural works are abstract, the textures, forms and colours she uses are often bodily and evocative. In ‘Trappings’, three wooden structures act as a frame for sculptural objects and materials that have been manipulated in different ways: wool is pulled taught to create tension, leather straps hang loosely, and bulbous ceramic and brass objects are placed alongside printed fabric. Barclay has spoken about her sculptures being in a state of ‘pause’, poised between making and dismantling. This often creates a sense of stillness or awkwardness that Barclay deliberately intends to be uncomfortable.

  • title:
    Trappings
  • accession number:
    GMA 5522
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  • materials:
    Wood, wool, leather, ceramics, printed fabric, feathers, machined brass and honey
  • date created:
    2014
  • measurements:
    Variable
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2015
  • copyright:
    © Clair Barclay

Claire Barclay

Claire Barclay