Sonya Clark, March 5-April 4, 2009
Artist's lecture: Thursday, March 5th, 4:30PM, Gallery reception to follow, 5:30PM-7:00PM.
Sonya Clark listens to the stories held in objects and, lately, unbreakable, fine-toothed, pocket combs have her ear. Each turn in plot, brings questions and an urge to respond with a piece. As cultural critic, Bill Gaskins, said in a review of her work, "Hairdressing is the primordial fiber art." And so it is that the reed on a loom and the pocket comb are siblings.Clark uses combs the way a weaver manipulates threads in a tapestry: multiplicity in service of the whole. There is a resonance between an artwork made of combs, a hairstyle piled high, and a woven cloth.
Clark is Chair of Craft /Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Previously, a Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts atUW-Madison, she received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.A. from Amherst College. Her honors include a Pollock-Krasner Award and a Rockefeller Residency. Her work has been exhibited in over 150 venues in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Taiwan, Austria, Australia, France, Switzerland, and the United States.