Author(s): Clare Strand
Girl Plays with Snake by UK artist Clare Strand comprises images sourced from the darkest recesses of the artist’s extensive archive. The project continues Strand’s decades-long engagement with the scrapbooks, magazines and photographs that she has drawn together since her mid-teens. In this iteration of Strand’s ongoing research and reflection, women and girls are pictured holding, playing with and gazing fondly at snakes. Key to understanding the intention of the imagery is the inclusion of found and automatically generated texts orchestrated by Strand, which touch on the absurd, the intimate, the erotic and the uncanny. Strand (b.1973) lives and works in Brighton. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at National Museum of Krakow (2014); Forum Fur Fotografie, Cologne (2010); and Folkwang Museum, Essen (2009).