Elvira Clayton

I am a visual storyteller whose creative practice is focused on chronicling the lives of everyday people, and creating spaces to bring forth narratives of the ancestors.

Through photography, oral histories and archival research, I collect materials, which I transform into multi-layered art pieces.

My practice is the exploration of memory, and space; illuminating how these concepts are shaped by social and political history.

West African iconography consistently threads through my work, lending evidence to the magic of genetic memory.

My multi-layered compositions are simultaneously art piece, storybook and sacred altar.