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Lenka Clayton

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts


"My process usually begins with a curiosity or question, which I carry out by methodical and often laborious means to its logical conclusion. The visible labor and faith applied toward these ephemeral, often impossible goals asks for a suspension of disbelief from both audience and artist. A sharing of an uncertain, optimistic mythology, not only as to the likelihood of achieving the task, but also to the value of the undertaking."


Lenka Clayton is an 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. Previously she has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; attempted to photograph the 613 people mentioned in a German newspaper; filmed one person of each age from 1-100; made daily drawings on an Underwood typewriter; and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. In 2012 Lenka founded "An Artist Residency in Motherhood"; a structured, fully-funded artist residency that took place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children. She served as Artist in Residence until May, 2014, and completed a portfolio of 32 works using motherhood as a material. With writer Michael Crowe, she is currently in the middle of writing a unique hand-written letter to every household in the world.