Claire Healy

Sydney artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro create site-specific installations that explore materiality, accumulation, transition and consumerism. Often reusing and reforming everyday consumables and the detritus of modern life, their work is intriguing, uncanny and often monumental. In 2002, Claire and Sean staged ‘Location to Die For’, a mock sale of property. Then they cut up a suburban house and stacked up all its matter as a neat cuboid, a startling work that won the Helen Lempriere Travelling Arts Scholarship.

In 2005 Claire and Sean were awarded Australia Council residencies in Berlin and Tokyo and, the following year, prestigious Samstag Scholarships. In 2010 they participated in the residency program at the Akiyoshidai International Artist Village, Japan, and the inaugural Setouchi International Art Festival. Their monumental installation ‘Life Span’ was part of the Australian representation at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Recent installations include ‘Drunken Clarity’ at Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney and ‘Future Furnishings’ at Gallery Nature Morte, Berlin.

The duo’s works have also been included in group exhibitions in Australia and overseas and are held in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery and The University of Queensland Art Museum.