Steven Claydon (b.1969, London, UK) is a multimedia artist and musician. Claydon studied at Chelsea School of Art & Design (1991), and Central Saint Martins (1997), London. He currently lives and works in London.
Claydon’s work encompasses sculpture, painting, video and performance, and employs humour, irony, and historical references to investigate the human relationship to material objects. Incorporating an awareness of systems of display, his installations are responsive to their context and often draw attention to the significance we project onto supposedly inert objects. Claydon’s often research-based projects also challenge assumptions about history and authority. His works draw from both associations with modern movements and folk artefacts or relics. Assemblages become intentionally self-contradictory and offer strong statements about colonialism and the permeation of western culture. He also presents these in faux museum-like settings, thereby extending his critical statement to the public institutions that create and display culture.
Online Viewing Room : A DIALOGUE: DAVID NOONAN AND STEVEN CLAYDON