Ann Clarke, originally from Rochester, NY, is a fiber artist who received an MFA
from Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in
painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan. Clarke has spent the
majority of her professional career in academia as a higher education
administrator and faculty member at Syracuse University. In 1998, she joined SU
as a faculty member in Fiber Arts/Material Studies. In 2008, she was named the
Dean of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and
returned to faculty in 2016.
Her recent works explore reconstructed narratives – memory and meaning. Eye
portals are a reflective look at the past and how it informs us of the present. The
exaggerated scale of these eye portals, that dome and protrude from the wall are
like eyes in the past breaking through the wall, or one’s past peering into the
present as thoughts made manifest. Their size and color, odd, and perhaps
unnerving while the lush tufted construction evokes the promise of comfort.
Clarke’s knitted rug series is similarly influenced by the intersection of past and
present, informed by the experiences of her mother’s life and her changing
relationship with time. I refer to the series as History Lessons. All are connected
by the use text, readable and not — a found letter, old study notes and archived
images of papers from historic figures long gone — juxtaposed with figurative
images from past and present.
This event was first published on October 7, 2019 and last updated on October 9, 2019.