Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynne Clark.
Lynne is a mixed-media artist with a degree in Fine Arts/Art History from Scripps College and a perpetual treasure hunter. But she doesn’t hunt for the type of treasure that would bring her wealth or make her famous.
“I am drawn to the forgotten, the overlooked, the discarded—the detritus of everyday life. I also love all things miniature! I can still remember the tiny bits of toys and treasures I found in the back lots and parks of my childhood neighborhood and all of the dioramas I made at elementary school.”
Through her use of diverse materials, Lynne explores the lives of people both real and imagined, meditating on their varied stories and filtering them through her signature lens of beauty, compassion and wit.
In her latest body of work, she builds on her longtime interest in reclaimed materials as source and inspiration for a series of colorful paper collages, whimsical assemblages, and scarves made from vintage silk fabrics and Japanese kimonos. Of particular note are her found-object type trays—old wooden trays that once held the metal type used in traditional letter press printing. These trays become vessels that hold upwards of 80 tiny objects each—buttons and dice, petite guitars from Olvera Street, plastic pieces found inside old snow globes, bits of jewelry, even a live succulent from her garden.
Based in nearby Mar Vista, her work can be found at the Ten Women Gallery on Montana, Santa Monica, as well as in private collections across the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, her large scale “fiber paintings” were part of a recent three-person exhibition at the Annenberg Beach House entitled “Unspooled” (2016).
“Every object—from the mundane to the fantastical—holds meaning and memory, carrying with it the histories of the person or people who made it, wore it, wrote on it, played with it, or used it in one fashion or another. I love to purposefully blur the lines between “high” and “low” art and to infuse my work with storytelling and a curiosity about what it means to be human. Plus, everything that is miniature is just so much better! If I didn’t make art, I would be quite the hoarder.”
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Many artists like me, along with a wide variety of small business owners, continually struggle to stay relevant in an era of one-click shopping. But I really think more and more people are looking for things that add meaning to their lives. You can see it in the amazing DIY and craft market that is spreading across the U.S. and with sites like Etsy. We are the equivalent to the farmer’s market, except we last longer!! There is a hunger for objects that are handmade, one-of-a-kind, and come from local sources.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lynne B. Clark Studio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Gallery of which I am a member, Ten Women Gallery on Montana, is a coop of local women artists who manage the operation together and inspire each other in many ways. This year we started a side project called “Santa Monica Rocks” which has been both fun and community-building. Kids paint rocks, hide them and search for them across the city, leaving clues via social media along the way. Sort of like geocaching meets Pokémon go, except with an artistic bent.
I won’t give you all the details here, but you can see our story in the Santa Monica Daily press, or go on-line to the Santa Monica Rocks group on the Ten Women Gallery website.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Looking forward to continuing to make and sell and scale up some of my smaller works.
- Website: www.lynnebclark.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lynnebclarkstudio.com