Statement for The Quick and The Deep
The Quick and the Deep portrays habitat under the influence of rapid climate change, considered from global and personal perspectives. The work reflects the visceral responses people have when they experience the menace, power, and destruction of weather, as well as what it inspires in them; hunkering down versus pulling together, and denial versus action.
Textiles, asphalt shingles, insulation, and video are used to invoke a narrative of environmental collapse. These quotidian materials hold a subtext of the domestic realm; they connect what is familiar to what is uncertain, to moments of crisis, in order to recalibrate our relationship with the natural world.
Thea Clark is a New Jersey artist, and a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellow. Her practice includes sculpture, installation, art jewelry, and video. Her solo show "The Quick and The Deep", with catalogue essay by curator Mary Birmingham, is at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (2014). She has also exhibited at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (NJ) and the Martha Gault Art Gallery at Slippery Rock University(PA).
Her art jewelry has been included in the two-person show Cyan Silhouettes (2014), at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, as well as numerous national and international group exhibitions. Currently her work is in, Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography, at the Museum of Arts and Design( NYC, 2014), the international traveling La Frontera, previously at Museo Franz Meyer, Mexico City, Velvet DaVinci Gallery (San Francisco), Indiana University (Kokomo), and soon to be at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (2014).
Other venues include: Museum of Modern Art (Arnhem, NL), University of Birmingham (Great Britan), Textile Museum (Washington D.C.), The Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, MA), Newark Museum, State Museum (Trenton, NJ), Noyes Museum (Oceanville, NJ), Rochester Institute of Technology( Bevier Gallery, NY), Jersey City and Kean Universities (NJ), among others.
Her work has been published in seven books in the US and Europe, and numerous exhibition catalogues. In 2013 she was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center (artist grant) and in 2014 presented an artist talk at Glassell School of Art, Houston. Clark is an instructor at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, and the former Arts Workshop in Newark.
2014 "Let's get real", Sunday New Jersey Star Ledger, Art Section, June 8
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