30. “Content as Character: the Sculptures of Christine Clark 1995 – 1998” by Kate Bonansinga from Metalsmith, Spring 1999.

In the Centrum Studio at OCAC today, Christine Clark will be giving a Lunch-time lecture about her work. Clarkreceived her M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983, and she has been on faculty since 1984. While she teaches traditional metalsmithing techniques and jewelry courses, her personal work tends to be more abstract and sculptural, mixing a variety of materials. She is also a member of the Nine Gallery in Portland. Don’t miss her talk today! More information can be found here.

For this week’s library pick and in honor of today’s lecture, we’ve decided to take a glimpse into Christine Clark’s past work and selected an article from Metalsmith, a journal published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), that showcases and looks critically at Clark’s work from 1994 through 1998. At the timeClark was working with woven forms of steel wire filled with organic matter, forms that “resemble a corseted female form, an allusion to subservience and Victorianism” (Bonansinga, 30). Yet the more recent work at the time, as Kate Bonansinga notes, had left “the Victorian references behind” and “Forms that were once constricted, bound, and pierced now seem to be moving through their pain and looking toward a brighter horizon marked by curiosity and growth” (30).

Come down to the library and check out the rest of the article or other issues of Metalsmith (our backfile goes all the way back to its first issue in 1975 and continues to the present). My apologies for the pun, but there are a lot of great gems from that magazine and we’re proud to be able to its entire magazine run for perusal.

Hope to see you at the lecture! It will interesting to see how Christine Clark’s “curiosity and growth” have developed in her more recent work and making process.

Bonansinga, Kate. “Content as character: the sculptures of Christine Clark 1995 1998.” Metalsmith 19.2 (1999): 30-7. Art Full Text. Web. 7 Nov. 2011.


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