“My work begins with shapes derived from nature: bones, bugs, birds, tuberous roots, crustaceans. Through intensive drawing from nature I cultivate and rearrange these organic shapes to create new structures. These invented building blocks, derived from the organic world, are combined in my sculpture to create a personal language of form.
This vocabulary runs throughout my entire body of work, despite the diversity of many of my images. From larger figures that exhibit elaborate and abstracted drapery, to sculptured fossil fragments, this lexicon of invented biomorphic forms remains fundamental”.
A longtime downtown New York City artist, Emily Clark has entwined the power of art into her life both as an artist and founder of of Design East, a storefront gallery 1983-1992. Emily Clark is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Works in Progress NYC, a community design and print shop located on, and part of the community of Fourth Arts Block (FABNYC).
Emily Clark has had solo and group shows of her work at La Mama La Galleria, Grenning Gallery, Atlantic Gallery, New York University Grey Gallery (curators’ selection), Garnerville Arts center, and the Chesterwood Museum and Sculpture Gallery (with catalogue).
Currently showing Solo in the East Village at Studio One.
Education BFA SUNY Purchase 1983
Art Students League painting and drawing
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored apprentice with NYC sculptor Susan Smyly 1980-81.