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Cathleen Clarke

Brooklyn, NY

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by childhood and the enigmas that surround it. I have long explored the ever profound themes of memory, mystery, and the passing of time through my portrayal of subjects, often appearing and disappearing as distorted figures in my paintings. Each layer of paint is an attempt to interpret a moment in time that would have otherwise been overlooked or forgotten, and evokes a reminiscence that is slowly, sometimes resistingly, fading away.

I am influenced by the personal experience of my childhood, and frequently reference old family photo albums, collected letters and notes, as well as films and books that continue to pervade my own thoughts and memories. Although I may begin a painting from a concrete reference, as I paint, I look at it less and less, allowing myself the chance to expose and interpret subtleties in everyday moments that are often unseen. Imagination and wonder become key elements in my work. In this way, the reference becomes only a small piece in my process, and is sensed only as but a fleeting imprint, embedded within the end result, creating the space for a life both beyond and outside of the original moment.

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Artist Biography

Cathleen Clarke (b. 1988, Chicago, U.S.A.) gained her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2014. She now works and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Clarke had her first solo show 'If You Ever Make it Home' in San Francisco in 2014. From 2011 to present, her works have been widely exhibited in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. She was selected to attend the NARS Foundation International Artist Residency in 2019, and had her debut New York solo show, 'Whatever Hour You Woke There Was a Door Shutting' at Fou Gallery in 2021. Her recent work is currently included in the November holiday exhibition on PlatformArt.com.



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