Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective, founded in 2004. Claire Fontaine is not the name of an individual artist but a pseudonym, lifted from a popular brand of French school notebooks. Claire Fontaine took this name and declared herself a “readymade artist”. Labour, alienation, power and protest are Fontaine’s main preoccupations.
Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her work interrogates the impotence of art in the face of social and political issues and art’s difficult relationship with capitalism. Fontaine’s work is characterised by a acerbic political wit and a strong intellectual interest in the ideas of ownership and power, experimenting with ideas of authorship and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property continually in her work.