Dichotomy & Square Peg
TITLE: Dichotomy & Square Peg
ARTIST: Sara Brooks-Clark
MEDIA: Metal Print
ABOUT: As part of Studio 23's Art Around the City Event, artists were invited to submit their pieces. Only 50 would be selected, printed, and featured on plaques around Bay City. Sara Brooks-Clark gave an artist's statement for the project: "Sara Brooks Clark received a B.F.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1989, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Ohio University in 1991. She has been the studio art technician and an art instructor at Saginaw Valley State University since 1992, and she has juried exhibitions for regional art groups in Michigan and has given several public lectures. Her previous experience included working as the art director for a small artist-in-residence program in Michigan. Clark has had several one-person shows and has shown in national exhibitions, including shows in Louisiana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. Described as quirky and whimsical by colleagues, Clark’s work generally involves a playful look at the perception and presentation of form and fantasy by today’s fashion- and trend-conscious society. She works both sculpturally and functionally in terra cotta, stoneware, and, recently, glass. Her organic forms activate space and have colorful, deep surfaces that reference nature and unique decorative pattern. Examples of her recent concerns can be found in her series “Tools,” which is an attempt to nullify violence through beauty; in “Trophies and Journeys,” whose references are to little victories found in the mundane; and in the piece “Ablution,” an homage to our attempts to wash away that which is unpleasant or weak. Her installation “Rings of Fire” parodies the hazards and beauty of love and desire."
LOCATION: In front of Bay City City Hall, 301 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708