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Thea Clark

Jeweller
Published: 13.04.2020

Statement

My work is an going investigation into the nature of identity, materials, memory, and the conveyance of meaning.

"Fluidity and Form", examines how we experience the changing self. Objects are transformed into images on silk through the cyanotype process, rendered in the classic blue of this technique. Chosen for their emotional resonance, pearls, chains, nests, and circles signify protection, domesticity, nurturance, the life cycle. The images are combined with mixed media, including a layer of pink plastic that unifies the structural strata. This pink and blue play on our deep seated associations, anima, animus, yin and yang, which are the undercurrents of the fluidity and form we call the self. 


The term cryosphere refers to the frozen water on the earth’s surface. The installation is inspired by the work of pioneering female Arctic explorer Louise A. Boyd of San Rafael, California who in the 1930’s conducted numerous expeditions to Eastern Greenland to do research on glaciers and geography. Boyd’s work included documenting the landscapes with hundreds of photographs made using state of the art cameras. Her collective research from over 80 years ago is still used today as a reference point for climate change studies.

Boyd’s black and white images capture amazing surface detail but we know the true glowing blues of icebergs and glaciers were only possible to see in person. Thea Clark’s sculpture and jewelry installation is influenced by these captured images, Boyd’s actual seen experience, documented scientific findings, and the nautical aspect of the exploration. Through the use of color, texture, and materials Clark pays homage to the natural wonder of the Arctic. Clark focuses on the pioneering spirit of Boyd through the lens of today’s knowledge of man’s responsibility for the rapid loss of our cryosphere.

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2020:
Exhibition  05 Jun 2020 - 10 Jul 2020  Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic in Baltimore.
Exhibition  17 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020  Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic.
2018:
Exhibition  01 Mar 2018 - 23 Sep 2018  La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.
2016:
Exhibition  25 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  New Work from the New World.
2013:
Exhibition  14 Aug 2013 - 15 Sep 2013  La Frontera.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2013 - 11 Mar 2013  Suspend.ed in Pink.
Exhibition  07 Jan 2013 - 28 Jan 2013  Suspend.ed in Pink.
2011:
Exhibition  19 Feb 2011 - 29 May 2011  New Traditional Jewellery: True Colours.

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Book:  Suspended In Pink. Laura Bradshaw- Heap:  Dublin,  2013
Book:  Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. Lark BooksSterling Publishing:  2013
Book:  2012 Push Jewelry: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Jewelry. Lark Books:  2012
Book:  Jewelbook. International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13. Van Damme, JaakStichting Kunstboek:  Oostkamp,  2012
Book:  500 Felted Objects. Lark Books:  2011
Magazine:  Art Jewelry Magazine. 2011
May Issue
Book:  Art Jewelry Today. Volume 3. Schiffer Publishing:  2011
Catalogue:  Make Me Something Beautiful. Newark Museum.  2010
Book:  Found Object Jewelry. Heather SkowoodStackpole Books:  2010
Book:  30 Minute Earrings. Lark Books:  2010
Online Magazine:  Birdhaus- Online Exhibition. 2009
crafthaus.ning.com, curators, Two Roses, Emily Watson
Online Exhibition:  Pins Behaving Badly. 2009
Crafthaus.ning.com, curator- Michelle Pajak-Reynolds
Catalogue:  Transformations. 2009
Magazine:  Art Jewelry magazine. 2009
Gallery section, Sept.09 issue
Catalogue:  Wearable Expressions. 2008
Internatonal Biennial
Website:  Transforming the Elements. 2008
Featured on Postcard and websiteFeatured on Postcard and website
Brochure:  Exploring Boundaries: Evolutionary Metal. 2007
Catalogue:  Cache : New Horizons in Crafts. Noyes Museum:  2003
Flyer:  New Faces to Discover. American Craft Council:  1996
Magazine:  Colored Stone Magazine. 1996
May/June, Creating New Venues photographed in booth with jewelry at Buyer's Market of America, Philadelphia, Pa
Catalogue:  Buyer's Market of America. 1995
Featured in winter show promotional brochure and exhibitor catalog.

 
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