Virtual Artist's Talk: Ann Clarke
Saturday, June 5 at 7 pm EDT
On the occasion of her exhibition “As Her Mind Collapsed, I Was Awakened”: The Rugs of Ann Clarke
Artist Ann Clarke will speak about the materials, techniques, and meanings behind the works in her exhibition, which closes on June 13th. Her art deals with a particularly sensitive and personal subject: her aging mother, who suffered from dementia and died at the age of 100 on December 1st, 2020. For example, some of Clarke’s rugs suspended from the third floor gallery ceiling depict her mother’s age-worn hands and eyes. Up close, one can discern that these body parts are built from individual carpet fibers; that each tuft and thread of color seems like a “cell” of her mother’s body, or a “pixel” of a parting photograph, or a detail of a last memory. The artist will speak to how her works evoke the complex topic of memory loss, from the perspective of a daughter, and an artist, losing her mother to dementia. After her presentation, she will engage in discussion with the audience. Members of the community who have lost loved ones to memory loss are particularly welcome to join the conversation.
- Hunterdon Art Museum