Clare Nattress began her part-time PhD in February 2020 and is exploring how can cycling be used as a performative art methodology to investigate, reveal and disseminate the problem of air pollution? Her ongoing practice-based research is to uncover alternative ways of evidencing air pollution using the bicycle as a tool for performative journeys. How does one visually represent what it feels like to have experienced poor/adequate air quality whilst cycling? How can this data and work be made aesthetically understandable to an audience?
In 2018 Clare sold all of her possessions and cycled in parts of the globe for a year, mainly living in a tent and carrying everything she needed on her bike. Having lived a minimalist lifestyle over the past few years, this year long project raised further significant questions regarding the environment, sustainability, endurance and air pollution. Cycling has now become a basis for her art making and practice-based research.
Clare has achieved an MA in Fine Art, a 1st class BA (hons) in Contemporary Fine Arts Practice and became a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2016. She is Programme Leader of the Graphic & Communication Design Degree at York College University Centre and has been lecturing in Art & Design and Graphic Design for the past six years.