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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

REBECCA CLARK

REBECCA CLARK

Artist Work

Bee 33 (evening)
2012
graphite on paper
21 x 11 in.
Stafford's Deer (for Bill)
2013
graphite on paper
2 x 30 in.
Family Tree
2014
graphite and colored pencil on paper
30 x 22 in.
Wing (for Manon)
2012
graphite on paper
30 x 22 in.
Octopus 1
2015
graphite, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, and oil pastel on paper
36 x 44 in.
Whale 1
2015
graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, and oil pastel on paper
22 x 30 in.

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Phone
301-538-0936
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I make drawings of the natural world, transient moments of grace and beauty in an age of disappearance. Inspired by plant and animal studies of the Northern Renaissance, Netherlandish devotional panel paintings, Eastern spiritual texts, and nature mysticism as expressed through various forms of art, music, poetry and prose, my art acknowledges interconnectedness in nature and our loss of connection with the sacred. Our planet is broken because we’ve lost relationship with the earth, with our soul. My drawings serve as more than intimate portraits; they are testaments to lives lived. They are memento mori, reminders in this age of ecocide that humans cannot live detached from nature. May these quiet drawings remind us of our place on this planet and awaken our consciousness to the cosmos of which we are a part.

Artist Bio

Rebecca Clark grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and received her BA in Art History from Swarthmore College in 1983.  She studied painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and landscape design at The George Washington University.  Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions, in publications, and in public and private collections.   

Rebecca’s drawings are glimpses into the natural world.  Observing the insects, animals and plant life of her backyard, which she sees as a microcosm of the universal interconnectedness of all living things, she is drawn to life’s transient moments of grace and beauty.  Her influences include the art of the Northern Renaissance – in particular, Netherlandish devotional panel paintings, Albrecht Dürer’s plant and animal studies, and Joris Hoefnagel’s illuminations of flora and fauna – the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, and nature mysticism as expressed through various forms of art, music, poetry, and prose.