Visual artist, Photographer
Clare Lyons is a visual artist and photographer working between Dublin and Belfast, currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Belfast School of Art in Ulster University under the tutelage of Ken Grant, Donovan Wylie, Clare Gallagher and Ailbhe Greaney. Clare's practice is concerned with using the tactile nature of the photographic image to explore themes of memory, trauma and her personal struggles with mental illness. Her research includes topics such as emotional trauma and the repression and/or suppression of memory, and also the significance in revisiting the family archive in establishing one’s sense of self in the face of such experiences. Visually, she typically takes the photographic image away from its original form in an attempt to tease out these difficult topics. Clare is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarship, and since 2021 has been a studio artist at the Emerging Artist Hub in Flax Art Studios, Belfast.