Claire Poulter (b. 1988) studied at Central St Martins College, London, and Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art before going on to the Royal College of Art, where she graduated with an MA in Sculpture in 2013. She was the BAMS New Medallist for 2013-14. She currently lives and works in London.
Her medal, Diagonal, was included in the FIDEM exhibition in Sofia in 2014 and is now being issued by BAMS. The artist writes: ‘Not having an occasion or time to represent but only to think of the medal as an object alone and in use, I worked entirely from the idea of duality and exchange. Depicting the inherent duality in the medium but also how I could represent my own relationship with it; a dialogue between two sides, the material and myself. The tool and the force that creates the impression resulted in the marks carved into the plaster. A gridded diagonal relief pattern was created as lines overlapped and the question of the obverse was answered by an intaglio impression of the first finished side. I unified them with a scaled/cobbled pattern to create the rim, and the lines were connected throughout the medal making it complete.
‘Diagonal has a handmade irregularity to its geometric design, giving the medal a stronger tactility in the hand. It is finished with a pale white patina under a base covering of black. Perhaps concluding that the rigid grid of modernity has been knocked off kilter and speeded up and is haphazardly cutting corners.’