Myth or Memory
This painting depicts a group of people gathered around a campfire. Multiple figures look up to meet the viewer's gaze, while the haziness from the fire warps their features into a mirage. The stillness of the scene is reminiscent of recalling a memory or imagining old friends.
Clarke's work explores the passage of time. The artist's compositions often feature distorted subjects in the act of appearing or disappearing—evoking a memory that is slowly fading away. Each layer of paint is an attempt to interpret a moment in time that would have otherwise been overlooked or forgotten. Inspired by her childhood, Clarke frequently references old family photo albums and collected letters and notes—as well as films and books that continue to pervade her own thoughts and memories.
Clarke’s paintings depict distorted figures in the act of appearing and disappearing, exploring the passage of time. Inspired by the enigmas of childhood, the artist uses layers of paint to evoke overlooked or forgotten memories that are slowly fading away. Clarke’s compositions frequently reference old family photo albums and collected letters and notes, as well as childhood films and books that continue to pervade the artist’s thoughts.