Claire McDermott is a multidisciplinary artisan and poet, who uses oral Irish knowledge of the land, together with biophysics to research spent plants; and to understand their function and mechanism and how they interact with our atmosphere. Two of her poems have recently been published where her passion was ignited by her field observation a phenomenon that she witnessed in nature. Her sculpture explores social and environmental concerns through costume and artefacts and she uses macro photography to capture the essence of nature, while her notebook drawings are her method to formulate the data of her thinking.
McDermott’s microscopic illustrations are held at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland; her public sculpture ‘The Meeting Tree’ is installed at Newton Farm Ecology Park, London. She has exhibited at the Tate Exchange, Watford Museum, University College London Hospitals, Cooke Latham Gallery, and Beaconsfield Gallery. She graduated with a Masters's in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins in 2020. For her Master of Research in Fine Art and Humanities at the Royal College of Art 2023, she explored the connections between plumed seeds, glass, and air.