Clovis Blackwell’s recent body of work, Emanations: Life/Death/Rebirth Psycho-Holocaust Love Triangle (i.e., Flowers Die), explores themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation. As a child, he was fascinated by post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and has since come to see the significance of apocalyptic myths that suggest our longing for an ending tied to the promise of a new beginning. This simple idea is too often resisted by society, as evidenced by our culture’s fear of dying and reluctance to endure even short-term sacrifices for long-term gain. Images of flowers and nuclear weapons tests layered in vibrant and colorful intersections make the transformative power of suffering appealing.
Clovis received his MFA from Azusa Pacific University in 2009, and a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999. His work has been exhibited in juried international competitions and group shows in California, New York, Washington D.C., and Venice, Italy. Themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation are central to his artistic identity. Clovis lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, child, and two dogs. He teaches at Azusa Pacific University and strongly believes in the Oxford Comma.