Lenka Clayton

People in Order – Age
2006 / video 3 mins (series of four) / Collaboration with James Price
One person of every age from one to one hundred years old, in ascending order.

Lenka Clayton (b. 1977) is a British conceptual artist whose work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.

In previous works she has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; searched for all 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper; filmed one person of each age from 1 to 100, and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. She and writer Michael Crowe are currently in the middle of writing a unique, personal letter to every household in the world. In 2012 Lenka founded An Artist Residency in Motherhood — a structured, fully-funded artist residency that takes place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children. She is currently serving as the first Artist-in-Residence-in-Motherhood.

Her work has been exhibited widely including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, FRAC Le Plateau in Paris, Kunsthalle St. Gallen in Switzerland, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, a Danish mediaeval tower, Tehran International Documentary Festival in Iran and just after the evening news on Channel 4 TV in the U.K., as well as in publications including Frieze, Art & Agenda, and Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology.

Lenka Clayton holds an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School, UK and a BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London. She has taught at institutions in the U.K., US and Sweden including three years at University of the Arts, London and a stint as Theodore Randall International Chair at Alfred University in New York. She was recently awarded a Creative Development Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and a Sustainable Arts Foundation award. She currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was named Emerging Artist of the Year 2013. In 2014 she was awarded a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement.


63 Objects Taken from my Son’s Mouth

2011 – 2012 / acorn, bolt, bubblegum, buttons, carbon paper, chalk, Christmas decoration, cigarette butt, coins (GBP, USD, EURO), cotton reel, holly leaf, little wooden man, sharp metal pieces, metro ticket, nuts, plastic “O”, polystyrene, rat poison (missing), seeds, slide, small rocks, specimen vial, sponge animal, sticks, teabag, wire caps, wooden block / size laid out as shown 40″ x 40″ x 1″

Sixty-three objects that I had to take out of son’s mouth on safety grounds, between the ages of 8 – 15 months. The collection indirectly documents those months of our lives in small objects. The collection includes currency from the US, England and France, cigarette butts and beer bottle lids, and odds and ends from underneath the working table where we made Mysterious Letters (Paris).

Made during An Artist Residency in Motherhood.

Exhibited at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2013. Currently on show at State of the Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.



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