Untitled (EHR-36), from Sweet Corruptions (Final Sale)

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by Emilie Clark

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Artist Statement

Since 2003 I have inserted myself into the work of Victorian women scientists and naturalists. My practice involves painting, drawing, archival research, writing, installation and sculpture. The work emerges from a wide range of substances: from carnivorous plants to taxidermy and compost. Treating my studio like a laboratory, I literally restage much of these women's research.

My current project, Sweet Corruptions, departs from the work of Ellen H. Richards, a sanitary chemist who studied air, water, and food. Richards was the first female student and then professor at MIT, and brought the word ecology into the English language. Like that of my other historical hosts, Richards's research involves transformations of organic material that suggest both fluid categories and vast networks of interconnectivity.

Following Richards's air, water and food taxonomy, I interweave them through the provocation offered by Whitman's poem This Compost: Such sweet things are made of such corruptions. I see compost not just as a mode of regeneration, but as an engine of cosmology. Both her practice and mine involve careful testing, sustained empirical inquiry, structured interaction with daily life, and ultimately world building. The watercolors and paintings have been largely based on the process of preserving my family's food waste. But rather than simple representations of composting, they are attempts to find graphic means to embody the life world of de- and recomposing objects, to enact this process at different scales with pigment.


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8"x10" | edition of 20
11"x14" | edition of 500
16"x20" | edition of 50
30"x40" | edition of 2

Emilie Clark

Emilie Clark is a New York artist who works in drawing, painting, installation and writing. In 2013-2014 she had solo shows at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, and was in a group show at the San Jose Museum of Art in California. In New York, she is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, where she exhibited Sweet Corruptions in 2012. In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Her residency culminated in an exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory. She was included in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Biennial... Read More
Art on Paper in 2010, in addition to several other group shows. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Bomb, Printed Project and Cabinet Magazine, and has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Week, and The Village Voice and Time Out New York. Emilie Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner award and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship and her work is in private and public collections internationally.
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