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EMILIE CLARK
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March 6 - March 29, 2008


Emilie Clark presents a selection from two bodies of work, Home Studies in Nature and Maxwell’s Lair. In
these two series Clark interprets the life and scientific work of historic individuals through her works on paper
and canvas. Describing her own work as an amalgamation of plant and animal, existing between abstraction
and realism, Clark delves into the worlds of natural historian Mary Treat and naturalist Martha Maxwell,
capturing their detailed explanation of plant and animal life, and beginning to understand their lives as
women.

In the series Home Studies in Nature, Emilie Clark visually articulates the published work of Mary
Treat, self-taught 19th century natural historian. Though Charles Darwin took her writings
seriously, Treat received little acknowledgement from the male dominated academic community of
her time. In reading Treat’s Home Studies in Nature, Clark discovered relationships and dynamics
in the plant world that are symbiotic with the human experience. Clark focuses on these hidden
narratives, expanding Treat’s text to create works on paper and canvas, which are vibrant in color
and unusual in their mark making.

Emilie Clark is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Bard College, and has exhibited
internationally since 2000. Clark’s work can be found in public and private collections nationally. She lives
and works in New York City. On the occasion of this exhibition the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Nathan
Larramendy Gallery have co-published a brochure on the work of Emily Clark, with an essay by Frances
Richard.

 
 

 

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