Mali, Land Grab series

Day one back in the studio after a long summer and I finished round one of the Mali map in the new Land Grab series.

Mali, Land Grab Series, 2012 by Kathryn Clark. Broken porcelain plates and clay pots. 5' x 5' 
I was able to accumulate enough plates from thrift stores and this friend and this new friend to make it happen. See that beautiful hand painted dish in the foreground? Pieces like this certainly add a level of depth I didn't have before. This piece was handmade in Egypt.

I still have two more days and counting before my daughter is back in school and I can be in the studio full time again. And that's when I'll sit down and start writing about this series.

I've noticed there's a lot more discussion of our food in the news these days, although that might be because I'm in California where Proposition 37: label our GMO's, is the top story. I'm guessing you can tell which side I'm on. It's getting nasty with Monsanto throwing a lot of money to fight it. This is just one of the issues that comes out of the global land grab and industrial mono-culture farming that results.

Mali, Land Grab Series detail, 2012 by Kathryn Clark.
Broken porcelain plates and clay pots. 5' x 5' 
There are so many little facets of information that I need to summarize in one succinct paragraph. A definite challenge as a writer!

In other news, I have three more artists to share with you in the next two weeks. I can't wait!


Katrina said...

oh, exciting to see you working on this new series. and i love knowing you'll be in your studio full-time again soon. gives me hope that i'll be there one day too! one day. xoxo.

Flaming Nora said...

Beautiful and inspiring.
Its so delicate and yet so solid and grounded at the same time.

Lari Washburn said...

Back in there! A great feeling, and it looks like it is really coming along well. I'll be looking forward to the posts on artists...very tantalizing. I still want to see a photo of your pantry full of summer bounty.

blandina (aracne) said...

There is such a deep symbolism in your creation: a broken land, empty plates, the variety of their decoration or none at all,...
It is a moving work.

kathrynclark said...

Thanks so much for the kind and supportive words around this new body of work. As all of you know, starting a new series can be nail biting at times!

anastasia said...

it's amazing how you expanded on the foreclosure series, and into a new medium, while still maintaining the idea and aesthetic. very neat! i'm looking forward to where these pieces are going (though the pottery is a little heavier and cumbersome compared to the ease of rolling up fabric for when you want to transport it ;).

Susan said...

It's always so heartening to me to 76see you bringing crucial issues into your work, and it's so beautiful

lisa s said...

i really love the blue [i'm assuming river] line... and monsanto SCARES ME SO MUCH.

Victoria said...

Ditto on everything that's been said. Your work is always beautiful and mindful, creative and intelligent. You also find the best artists to share with us. As for Monsanto and their strong armed tactics, agreed... they scare the crap out of me. I was afraid to eat after first learning of them, and terrified that I had poisoned my girls with all the soy I have feed them over the years. We deserve to know if the food we may be purchasing has been genetically tampered with. The effects it may have on us, as well as the environment, (think bees) is so very, very troubling.


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