Eddie Clemens is a New Zealand artist, born and raised in Rotorua and currently based in Auckland. His practice takes place in the intersections between film, photography, performance and sculpture, and he uses methods from all these media to unlock unconventional avenues of investigation. Eddie is intrigued by the different ways a narrative can be conveyed, and his work forms an ongoing discussion about how physical artefacts can act as the vehicles for carrying narratives.
Often inspired by film and television, Eddie’s work gives new meaning to and draws new connections between objects and the stories they tell. His work for SCAPE Public Art Season 2022, Cognitive Reorientation, was inspired by a scene from a Danish television police drama, Forbrydelsen (The Killing).
Eddie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in painting from Ilam School of Fine Arts, and went on to get his Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. Eddie has been the recipient of several commissions and residencies; most notably, Auckland City Public Library Light Commission where he created The Pinball Lanterns, The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. He is also working on a permanent public artwork for the Wellington Sculpture Trust, Fibre-optic Colonnade Car Wash. His works are held in the collections of The Chartwell Trust, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū, and Societe BIC Paris.