KRISTA CLARK

"I use the visual language of architecture and the literal physicality of building materials to create collaged drawings and site-specific installations. I am interested in transitional spaces, the homogenization of place in addition to pushing and playing with the boundaries of drawing, sculpture and installation. I use formal gestures of erasing, overlapping, layering, stacking and cutting and saddle them with the task of depicting our compromised narratives within our built environments. Within this search I am looking at the shiftiness between things: interior/exterior, place/space, flatness/depth, and the unavoidable ego/id. 

Each work is steered by my observations of shifting urban landscapes then broken down and retold through abstraction. I seek to highlight the ubiquitous materials we are exposed to everyday as we drive, ride, walk and bike through our changing communities. How are we changed by and at the same time how do we alter our surrounding landscape? I reference architectural gestures in order to display ways in which we mark and navigate space. By incorporating building materials as formal components alongside conventional drawn elements I hope to augment our relationship to these materials, and ultimately the space and community in which we use them."

Krista Clark grew up in Burlington, VT and holds a BFA from Atlanta College of Art in printmaking, an MA from New York University and an MFA from Georgia State University. She lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the High Museum and is part of an ongoing exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia through Art in Embassies. Clark's work was featured in Fictions at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

 

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