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
  • artist: Claire BarclayScottish (born 1968)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • 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

Claire Barclay was born in Paisley, Scotland. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1986 to 1993: receiving a BA in Environmental Art and a Master of Fine Art. Barclay is known for her prints and large-scale sculptural installations which respond to the exhibition space they are contained within: striking precarious balances between function and dysfunction, chaos and order. Her work has been shown internationally, including solo exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2015-2016); Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2013 - 2014); and Skulpturi, Copenhagen (2011). Barclay lives and works in Glasgow.