Breathing Cloud

Check out this amazing video of the breathing RCBs Cloud from my exhibition “Wonder”, filmed and edited by Owen Elliott.

The Breathing Cloud is a knitted imagining of the clouds of carbon rich dust produced by RCB stars. I wanted to explore connections between these stellar events and the every day business of being human. I imagine the stars exhaling clouds of dust into the universe, in the same way as we humans (carbon based life forms) breath in and out, expanding and contracting with each breath. You can read more about this body of work on my portfolio.

This work was a collaboration between myself and engineer, Daniel Macnish.

Wonder Opens at Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

Thank you to everyone who made it to the opening of Wonder at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery last night!

You can view all the artworks from Wonder here…


Photographs by Owen Elliott


Here is a video of the first test of the small RCB cloud breathing – all thanks to my friend Daniel who has the skills and the knowhow to make amazing things happen!

Inhale, exhale.

Clouds of Star Dust

RCB Cloud, Claire Pendrigh, wool on plastic and metal frame. Photograph: Darren Tynan

RCB Cloud, Claire Pendrigh, wool on plastic and metal frame. Photograph: Darren Tynan

I finally had the chance to hang the RCB Cloud in a gallery space for a photo shoot. It’s so good to see it out of the studio – I think that this work needs space to breath.

RCB Cloud (detail). Photograph Darren Tynan

RCB Cloud (detail). Photograph Darren Tynan

The RCB Cloud is my interpretation of the carbon rich dust clouds ejected by RCB stars. I am also working on an audio component to these works in which the sound of breathing becomes louder, heavier, softer or lighter in correlation with graphs mapping RCB stars’ magnitudes. I like to imagine that these clouds of dust are exhaled by the RCB stars, like the breath of living organisms. In this body of work I am trying to locate the individual in the context of the universe by linking their everyday existence to stellar events.