Sam Clague lives in Wellington. He holds a BFA with first class Honours from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch.
In an article for Art + Australia Online Abbra Kotlarczyk writes: “Clague's works are elisions in the truest sense of the word: as aporia, an indissoluble inner contradiction that penetrates to the core of what it means to reject our dreary longings at the same time and us with them to ally.”
Inspired by his love for German literature and art, Clague went to explore concepts of the digital sublime through the lens of the German Romantic School of painting in this artist residency, especially with regard to the works of Caspar David Friedrich, who created most of his later works in Saxony.
During his 3-month stay with the LIA programme, Clague entered into an uninterrupted campaign of free experimentation with painting and sculptural installation. Inspired by the historic city of Leipzig and its industrial past, he produced a large body of work that sought to capture something of the essential contemporary experience through the aesthetic lens of a city reinventing itself. Chaotic abstractions and energetic installations paid testament to the visual and cultural inspiration Clague found in the streets of Leipzig. As any resourceful artist would, Clague did not lament the restricted travel opportunities, but made the most of that most valuable asset to the artist; time.