Lenka Clayton is a British interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates, and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.
In previous works she has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; searched for 613 people mentioned in an edition of a German newspaper; filmed one person of every age from 1 to 100, and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. For three years she was the world’s first Artist-in-Residence-in-Motherhood after she founded a fully-funded artist residency that took place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children. She and artist Michael Crowe are currently in the middle of writing a unique, personal letter to every household in the world.
Lenka Clayton's work has been widely exhibited including at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, FRAC Le Plateau in Paris, Kunstmuseum Linz in Austria, Kunsthalle St. Gallen in Switzerland, Anthology Film Archives and MoMA in New York City, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Tehran International Documentary Festival, and on BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4 Television in the UK. Recent work has also appeared in Frieze, Creative Nonfiction, Esquire Russia, The Daily Telegraph, The New Yorker blog, The New York Times, and in the publication "Typewriter Art" amongst others.
Clayton holds an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School, (Beaconsfield, U.K.) and a BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, (London). She was recently awarded a Creative Development Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation/Heinz Endowments and a Sustainable Arts Foundation award. Clayton lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was named Emerging Artist of the Year 2013. In 2014 she was awarded a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
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