Through still-life and landscape ‘mimesis’ reflects on how we observe our surroundings by juxtaposing illusion and reality.
Cleary takes organic forms and imitates them in the pure fragile medium of porcelain. A hyper real focus is created by dropping these mimicked organic forms into arranged natural settings.
These works are linked to the Northern European painters of ‘vanitas’ in the 16th and 17th centuries, which explore hedonism and material wealth through still life arrangements of inanimate objects. Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life.
Having completed an MA, RMIT, Cleary is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art, RMIT. She has exhibited widely in Australia and Hong Kong.