2020 ARTIST BIOS | DANIEL CLEMMETT

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Daniel Clemmett has a Batchelor of arts from southern cross university, Lismore, 2000. He has exhibited in a variety of solo and selected exhibitions since 1997 including the Mcclelland sculpture survey, Lorne sculpture biennial, sculpture by the sea in Bondi and Cottesloe, Swell sculpture and many others. He has won Swell twice, 2007 and 2014.

Daniel Clemmett was the first Australian sculptor to be selected as artist in residence by the trustees of the Montgomery Sculpture Trust in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom in 2002 and returned again in 2005 and 2008. His work is featured in private collections in Australia, Japan, USA, United Kingdom, Monaco and New Zealand.

2020 SWELL Artwork – Moribund but lit af, Daniel Clemmett

“Anything that can happen, will happen. These low probability events aren’t inconceivable; they are inevitable, periodt. To misquote Russell Brand, there’s about a hundred blokes with as much dosh as the rest of us, that’s a bus load of people that run the world. Don’t you wanna stop that bus and ask em? “Just where the f*** are you folks going?” ‘There is, in other words, ample evidence that securing state power from the domestic population and securing concentrated private power are the driving forces in policy formation.’  Noam Chomsky”

SWELL Kids Artist Statement – Moribund but lit af, Daniel Clemmett

Only when we are pushing our limits may we truly discover our lit, an experience honoured by youth through the ages.
The carcass is part car, part dinosaur; a metaphor is a thing symbolic of something else.
In the past a lot of good ideas at the time turned out to be not so good. People use ideas to control other people, our leaders use fear to make people believe,  but it might not be true. Young people need to question these ideas now more than ever, whatever they may be.

Come and see Daniel Clemmett’s work for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 11-20 September.