Artist Q+A — Clare Callaghan
Tell us a bit about your collection:
My work has always been reflective of what I’ve been going through at the time and where I am in life.
Why do you create:
I feel like expressing yourself - whether it is through photography, drawing, writing or poetry is one of the most important things in life. I recently went to a book launch and the poet was describing how years ago when she was going through a hard time, she questioned whether she should be writing about these depressing times in her life. She then thought ‘what the fuck is the point of it all if I don’t write about it?!’ I thought that was great.
What inspires you?:
Feminism, open minded people, friendships, relationships.
What frustrates you?:
When the arts sector doesn't get the support they deserve. Racism, sexism, economic inequality.
How do you get over a creative block?:
A couple of wines. Chatting through ideas with friends and colleagues.
Who are 2-3 people whose work inspires you at the moment?:
Rinko Kawauchi has always been one of my favourites. Alec Soth’s book Niagara. Kate Camp’s new book How to Be Happy Though Human – even the title alone is great.
Advice for anyone trying to make it in the creative industries:
If you want something enough and believe you can get there, you will. Surround yourself with the right people that inspire and support you.