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Lenka Clayton

Tragically, The World's Oldest Person Keeps Dying

18x24" posters

1. The oldest person in the world is immortal.

2. In the time it takes to read this poster eighteen people were born, and seven people died.

3. My paternal grandmother Hilda Clayton lived to be one hundred years old. In her last few months of life, as her body slowly unravelled, my dad would ask her how she was. "Getting better every day, David!”, she always replied. 

4. For a fraction of a second, each one of us has held the title of being the world’s youngest person. 

- Lenka Clayton


Lenka Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist. Recent exhibitions include How We Thought It Would Be and How It Was, Catharine Clark Gallery, SF (2020), Fruit and Other Things (2019) at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Object Temporarily Removed (2017) at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Talking Pictures (2017) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Artist Residency in Motherhood (2018) at Blanton Museum in Austin, TX. Clayton is the founder of "An Artist Residency in Motherhood", a self-directed, open-source artist residency program that takes place inside the homes of over 1,000 artists in 65 countries. Clayton’s work has been supported by The Warhol Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts amongst others. She has received an Art Matters Award, a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement, and a Creative Development Grant from Heinz/Pittsburgh Foundation. Her work is held in collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMoMA, The Carnegie Museum of Art and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is currently a Black Cube Nomadic Museum fellow.

Tragically, The World's Oldest Person Keeps Dying | Lenka Clayton

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