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Clarke’s work explores relationships between the human and the non-human. She does this by forming collaborations with the land and non-human entities that exist within it; exploring the consciousness of plants and giving the non-human a narrative within her work. She aims to form visual conversations with living, organic forms such as plants, and uses printmaking, drawing and painting to visualise these encounters. She approaches her work with sensitivity as she explores the quiet and untouchable nature of these visual encounters. Each of her pieces of work represents a unique, different ‘conversation’, with the marks on her work acting as a visual lettering within this language that she has created.
Her current series of work ‘In the silence I hear you’ is about a more tactile and physical understanding, and was created as a further development upon forming these non-verbal conversations. Clarke gathered rubbings from organic, non-human forms within the landscape, and then responded to these marks using intuitive, varied drawing techniques. These were then turned into embossings alongside other forms of printmaking. With the absence of form, each print creates a space for the viewer to interpret the abstract visual language of the non-human in a contemplative and intimate way.