Elvira Clayton

I am a visual storyteller whose creative practice is focused on ancestral homage and chronicling everyday people and their narratives.

Documenting communities through photography, oral history and environmental sound collection, I delve archives, and then blend my gathered materials, translating them into mixed-media art pieces.

Celebrating ancestral lineage through the exploration of identity, place and memory, my work investigates how these notions are shaped by social and political history.

The magic of genetic memory is demonstrated in both my artistic process and the materials that I use, and is visible in the West African iconography that consistently threads throughout my work. My multi-layered compositions are simultaneously art piece, storybook and sacred altar.