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Emotional Signage presented by Britt Clark
Fri November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join us on Third Friday for the opening of:
Emotional Signage; a solo show presented by Britt Clark.
Emotional Signage is a body of work which focuses on the interior and exterior nature of living in a feminine body. These forms draw a direct connection from the aesthetics of buildings to the physical body, exploring the duality of masculinity and femininity within the self. The forms consist of brickwork patterning, simulating the exterior portions of homes alluding to outward bodily presentation, while the interior portions of the work feature text, symbols, and aesthetics replicating the interior of the home as reflection of the inner mind. The content within the forms highlight the duality of living in a world that chastises feminine bodily autonomy while also exploiting that same body due to systematic patriarchal ideals. The subject matter within the forms alludes to feminine violence, rage, and horror, often austere and cutting in its nature, that comes from living within a feminine body. The forms mimic signage as a means of garnering the attention of the viewer while revealing highly personal thoughts within the lens of feminine violence. This body of work seeks to explore the duality of living with the burden of a feminine body while also caring for that body and to reclaim a sense of feminine ferocity as a means to combat the weight of lived misogyny.
Britt Clark was born and raised in Conway, South Carolina. Always interested in the arts, she has obtained a dual degree Bachelor of the Arts in Art Studio and Art History from Coastal Carolina University. She has also studied 3D modeling in Raleigh, NC where she currently lives. Her inspiration comes from her southern heritage and how it conflicts with her own ideals and understanding of the world. Her work focuses on ideas of reconciliation and finding rest within internal and external struggles, dealing with past and present, mental illness, ancestry, and tradition. Such subjects lend themselves to the permanence of metal craft in which she specializes, focusing on fabrication, metalsmithing, blacksmithing, and casting. Clark’s work has been featured in print such as Miscellany and Archarios magazines and in exhibitions such as Palmetto Hands, the 34th annual Women’s Work Exhibition, and the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices. Clark currently works as a metal fabricator at Cricket Forge in Durham, North Carolina.