Jessica Clarke

@jclarke367 on Instagram

Artist Statement

Jessica Clarke creates large scale renderings, originally centering her work around relationships that have helped cultivate her passion for art and self-reflection. Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas, with familial ties to the southeastern town of Wrangell, Alaska, Jessica struggled to find her own sense of self. This pushed Jessica to learn more about her own identity with the examination of genetic commonalities found throughout her family. During her exploration she found that these traits did not just tie her to her family, but to a multitude of people from all different backgrounds. A simple thing like rolling her tongue was shared not only with her relatives but also with her everyday acquaintances . With this realization Jessica sought to express that our differences can often be the unexpected connections we have with each other. By working with large scale drawing Jessica is allowing her audience to fully immerse themselves in these sometimes grotesque but common talents. Adding to this immersion is how each drawing is cropped so that the talent becomes the soul focus of the viewers’ attention. With deliberate and precise mark making Jessica is able to call attention to the often-overlooked abilities that connect so many of us together. 

Comfort
Charcoal, 5′ x 6′
Hypermobility 1
Charcoal, 2 ½’ x 1 ½’
2020
Hypermobility 2
Charcoal, 2 ½’ x 1 ½’
2020
Hitchhiker
Charcoal, 4′ x 3 ½’
2020
Roll 2
Charcoal, 2′ x 2′
2020
Roll 1
Charcoal, 2′ x 2′
2020
Trifolium
Charcoal, 6′ x 6′
2020
Discomfort
Charcoal, 5′ x 6′
2020

Jessica Clarke give us an understanding of the scale, (6 ft. x 6 ft.) of Trifolium while it’s in process in the studio and then in its final state.