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Emily Clarke

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Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Falmouth University
Graduation Year: 2020

New Blood Art Statement

Artist Statement

The word ‘painting’ once referred to the process and product of paint layered onto a two-dimensional surface that concerned colour, composition and texture to create a pictorial image. My practice engages with these preconceptions of paint, looking at it as an object rather than a medium. I am most interested in how far the traditional boundaries of painting can be interrogated and manipulated, without my work ceasing to exist as a painting. Painting is a contradiction, it is without one definitive answer and constantly evolving, making it the primal subject of my practice. 

Assemblage is key to my practice; I often tear apart paintings and pledge towards having minimal sensitivity to the work I make. A process of deconstruction and reconstruction means the work is constantly evolving and unfolding in a performative way. Sometimes a work will not exist for a long time or its state will transform over time. The feeling of being inside a creative process motivates me as an artist; the sensation of solving a problem or resolving moments of despair when work feels wrong. The most exciting moment; one where things hang on a precipice and could go either way. A leap of faith or risk being necessary to move beyond a preconceived understanding or way of doing things. My process allows the paintings to be organic and raw. Components such as staples and tape are never removed, exposing my decisions and mistakes, manifesting the real process. Insignificant elements that are usually hidden are brought forward and celebrated, as conventionally it is only the frontal painted surface that the viewer gets to see.  

My work isn’t trying to speak outside itself, depict an image, express an emotion or provoke a message. My work is a primal response to texture, materials and object. It invites you to a position for you to bring your own interpretations to these elements. Rather than the work giving you a message, I wish for you to offer the work a message. Within that ‘message’ is where I find most interest, how a viewer’s background and experiences can shape their ideas of what they believe the work is about. 

 

Group Exhibitions

2020, Sculptili, Materiales, Conceptu, Fish Factory Arts Space, Penryn, Cornwall
2019, An Exhibition at Studio 5, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall
2019, Outside In, The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2019, Studio Residency at Porthmeor Studios

Original works:

Scrap Materials 6

By Emily Clarke

2020 Graduate

£300

Scrap Materials 5

By Emily Clarke

2020 Graduate

£300

Scrap Materials 4

By Emily Clarke

2020 Graduate

£300

Scrap Materials 3

By Emily Clarke

2020 Graduate

£300

Scrap Materials 2

By Emily Clarke

2020 Graduate

£300

Scrap Materials 1

By Emily Clarke

2020 Graduate

£300