Clare Bryden

Kaleider Resident

I am an artist, writer and freelance website developer based in Exeter. My interests are primarily in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. My creative practice springs from my  desire to communicate environmental and social issues, my need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and my habit of making connections and finding patterns.

My environmental art typically takes data visualisation into whole new areas.

I used flood risk data from the Environment Agency in “Green|Blue” to question our knowledge and power in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature.

I have created card games about greenhouse gases; and a series of “Little colouring books of climate mindfulness” using UK Climate Projections data. “Freefall Climate Graffiti” turned UK Climate Projections into a street art project in partnership with an Exeter youth group and Cleo Heard, fellow Kaleider Resident.

Then there is knitting. For “Particulart: The art of chemistry, knitting and gentle protest”, I knit molecules: air pollution from incinerators, greenhouse gases, vehicle exhausts, and stratospheric ozone depletion chemistry. I created “Ghost Bees” with Cleo out of knitted plastic bags and milk cartons to highlight colony collapse disorder and species extinction.

Now I am working on my vision for a programme of public art in St Loyes City Council ward in Exeter, aimed at nurturing a sense of place among residents and workers, and building community.

My background is in science, economics, energy and the environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. I am also a member of the art.earth+CCANW network, Visual Arts South West, and a-n. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. All is grist to my mill.

My website is at clarebryden.co.uk, where you can find some pics of what I’ve been up to… and even buy some of it, should you be so moved!

I’m on Twitter at @ClareBryden and @WorkingwithGold and @ParticulartExe and @Ghostbeesters. Ask me about picking blackberries, and things beginning with E.