Mary Hark and Pamela Clarkson ''Works On and Of Paper''
Jan. 13- Feb. 17, 2012
Pamela Clarkson is a British artist who has studied, worked and exhibited internationally. She works in London and Kumasi, Ghana. Most of her prints in this exhibition were made in Kumasi, Ghana. They are relief prints printed from lino, cardboard, and found objects and printed on a letterpress proofing press, an etching press, a book binding press or by hand with a Japanese baren. Clarkson made this prints go to the edge of the paper like paintings so that she could more easily play with the surface image. Sometimes she begins with ideas drawn onto paper and developed in a rational way, at other times she begins with a colored background and juxtaposes images to see what they make together.
Mary Hark was born and educated in the Midwest. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and creates her studio work in both Madison and Kumasi, Ghana. Hark's most recent body of work is a consideration of the physical environments in which she lives and works. These constructed paintings respond to the physical environment of Kaumasi, Ghana, where she spends several months each year researching textile traditions. This work celebrates the spiritual and cultural tenor specific to each place, while acknowledging the influence each has brought to her own particular artistic vision.