Claudia seems to have a thing for animals! From an installation of fourteen 2.5 metre high glowing rabbit lanterns practicing their Tai Chi outside Sydney’s Customs House; to a life size fiberglass cow covered in oversized playing cards; to a space age robot dog; each creature is playful and quirky, created with love and a sense of humour.
THE TAI CHI BUNNIES
Created for the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2016, Claudia was commissioned to design The Rabbit; one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, brought to life as enormous lanterns located throughout Sydney during the festival.
Claudia’s 14 Tai Chi Bunnies dressed in elegant silk waistcoats, delighted visitors. One cheeky rabbit was either too shy, or too lazy to join in, and hid on the balcony of historic Customs House, watching the others exercise.
The Tai Chi Bunnies returned for the 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, wearing brightly coloured happi coats. Eight rabbits were located at Dawes Point, against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
14 x 2.5 metre high rabbits
Steel frame construction with fabric covering
Commissioned by the City of Sydney
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival
Claudia was invited to create an artwork for How Much is That Doggie? This fund raising exhibition for Guide Dogs NSW saw classic money collection dogs turned into artworks by local artists and auctioned by Sothebys. Claudia’s artwork was entitled Spot Tronic. The money collection dog with the familiar coin slot in its head was reworked as a Robot Dog with mixed media.
Fibreglass and mixed media Guide Dog
Commissioned by Guide Dogs NSW, 2004
Claudia was invited to create an artwork for the Cow Parade in Sydney. Cow Parade is an international public art exhibit that has featured in major cities around the world. Fibreglass sculptures of cows were decorated by local artists, and distributed around the city centre. After the exhibition the cows were auctioned with proceeds donated to children’s charities.
Claudia’s artwork was entitled Queens Cownsel. The life size cow was covered in oversized Queen of Hearts playing cards, with a “QC” brand on its rump. The cow wore a judge’s wig and diamante buckles on its hooves.
Fibreglass and mixed media
Commissioned for the Cow Parade, 2002
A continuing and evolving photographic series exploring Claudia’s fascination with the beauty to be found in urban detritus.
Every day a poster is pasted to a street wall. It has a limited window of time to attract attention and convey its message before another poster with another message is plastered on top. The second message fights for exposure until it suffers the same fate, when anonymous hands strip the posters away or paste over them, leaving only a weathered and tattered visual hint of what came before. It is what is left that fascinates artist and designer Claudia Chan Shaw. It is the surviving, accidental abstract abbreviation, the fragments and patterns that this urban detritus creates that is central to her exhibition, Poster Boy, which explores the beauty in this disintegration process of accidental layering and the stripping away messages. The Poster Boy series was photographed in the streets of Paris, Barcelona, Sydney, and Melbourne. The series is ongoing.
The Poster Boy photographs are archival Giclée prints on Hahnemühle photo rag paper 62.5 x 41.5cm
Contact Claudia if you would like to purchase a piece or two from the Poster Boy series
Poster Boy, Art Atrium at Jones Bay Wharf, 2017
Poster Boy, part of the Head On Photo Festival 2016 at Art Atrium, 2016
Poster Boy NG Art Gallery, 2012