Lucy Clout

Lucy Clout
Image credit: Lucy Clout, ‘The Extra's Ever-Moving Lips’, 2014, commissioned for the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: ‘What Will They See of Me’
'The Extra's Ever-Moving Lips', 2014
Digital Video Installation
Sat 2 and Sun 3 May
Stamford Works

Background actors are supposed to stay in the background. Expected to be both visible and invisible, extras are required to do something very close to nothing. Sometimes, though, as we seek temporary distraction from our own lives in the surrogate dramas of TV soaps, a face from the shadows or a gesture from the margins may force itself forward, and, once noticed, start to dominate a scene. Lucy Clout's video 'The Extra's Ever-Moving Lips' pivots on one such moment from a popular Australian television series. Now, of course, post-Internet, we can search for them online; which Clout does, tracking down one particular clip, before enlisting a lip reader to enlighten her about what is actually being said, and recruiting a contemporary soap star to recite the lines. … Clout finds within this overlooked hubbub of incidental, throwaway expression a quietly enduring measure of the people we really are when we are not busy pretending to be someone else.

Lucy Clout (b. 1980, Leeds, based London) gained her MA Sculpture at Royal College of Art, London (2009) and her BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London (2004). Recent and forthcoming solo shows include: Galleri Box, Gothenburg; Jerwood Space, London/CCA, Glasgow (both 2015); Shrugging Offing, Limoncello, London (2013) and manual manual non manual, International Project Space, Birmingham (2010). Group shows include: Jerwood Space, London/CCA, Glasgow (2014); Oriel Sycarth Gallery, Wrexham (2013); V22, London (2012); The Bakery: Annet Gelink, Amsterdam (2011); Tate Britain, London (2008). Clout participated in the LUX Artist Associate programme in 2010.

Work selected by Emily Butler