medium: graphic art
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My work expresses the spiritual and mystical forces that I experience as nature. These experiences are the source for my drawings and prints. There is an inner spirit that permeates all of life. I feel a profound connnectedness to this spirit in nature and I hope to express this through my work.
Living in rural Wisconsin gives me many opportunities to have these experiences. I believe that Wisconsin is a very special place, evident by its beauty. Through my work I hope to express to the viewer these experiences. At this time I am concentrating on a body of work that is based on my garden.
Gardens are very important to the Wisconsin landscape. I have been researching why they are still so important to so many people, including myself. There seems to be many deep archetypal connections to the garden that we are not aware of consciously and do not fully understand and comprehend.
I believe the "Garden" to be how we physically and spiritually connect to the earth. It is our psychic umbilical cord to our planet. Through my prints and drawings, I hope to awaken these deep, subconscious feelings and connections that are primal to our humanness. The sense of rhythm in my work is to express the cycles that are an integral part of nature and so common to life itself--the rhythm of birth, life, fruition, death, decay and rebirth. Matter being transformed from one form to another.
CathyJean Clark lives and works in rural Central Wisconsin on an original farmstead near the Black River. She works full-time in a small functioning intaglio studio, Hummingbird Press, built by Rick, her husband; her brother, Don; and herself, which is located on the farm, steps from her farmhouse. Her work focuses on mixed media intaglio works, along with mixed media drawings.
She received a BFA in Drawing and Prints from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and an MFA in Printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She has exhibited around the country in numerous juried and solo exhibits and is in a number of private and public collections including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and The Woodland Project of Matyas Kiraly, Hungary.
She belongs to the Marshfield Artists' Coop, which runs Artscape Gallery, located in the Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts in Marshfield, Wis.