Clare Lyons (b.1993) is a visual artist and photographer working between Dublin and Belfast. She graduated from the BA Photography programme at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin in 2016 with first class honours, and is currently pursuing and MFA in Photography at the Belfast School of Art in Ulster University. Clareâ€™s practice finds its concern in emphasising the tactile nature of the photographic image to explore themes of memory, trauma, and her personal struggles with mental illness. Her research includes topics such as the experience of healing from emotional trauma and the resulting repression and/or suppression of memories as a result, and also the significance in revisiting the family archive in establishing oneâ€™s sense of self in the face of such experiences. Visually, she typically takes the photographic image away from its original form using craft-like, sculptural, and experimental printing methods in an attempt to tease out these difficult topics. Clare has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarship.