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The Grand Teton National Park Foundation December eNewsletter is featuring the work of Natalie Clark this month.

In the Spotlight: Natalie Clark
Some people see the Tetons as a place of challenge; to others it’s a place to relax. For Natalie Clark, artist, art advisor, and University of Wyoming Museum of Art national advisory board member, this rugged range has been a source of inspiration since the late ’80s when she was commissioned to create environmental sculptures for a property in Teton Village.
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Natalie Clark at Skew Gallery in Calgary
October 13th – November 12th, 2011

Opening Reception: 6pm – 8pm, October 13th, 2011 (Artist in Attendance)
Skew Gallery – 1615 10th Avenue WS, Calgary, Alberta
www.skewgallery.com
403.244.4445

Artist Statement

Influenced by extensive travels around the world, Natalie Clark’s art is a fusion of influences from modern design, ethnographic, and the organic form and colour found in nature. Whether traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg or the Outback in Australia, Clark recognizes the universal threads that knit together various indigenous cultures and their prospective landscapes.

Responding to her personal observations such as the Diamond Mines in South Africa, Clark incorporates organic and man-made materials into her work with a current predilection for steel to create polyhedron and crystalline forms. Clark employs her many original sculptures, inspired by straight-lined natural forms, to become components in her installations that speak to scale and mass. The individual forms are clustered together to resemble something totemic, or organic like a forest, iceberg or geological phenomena.

Clark draws her palette from the role colour plays in indigenous community and culture. Clark’s range of pigment in Crystalline includes the symbolic colours of Prayer Flags as observed on her sojourn through Bhutan; red for fire, blue for air and green for water.

In 1986, Natalie Clark obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture, from Brighton University in England. She came to the United States on a full-merit scholarship, and attained her Masters in Fine Arts from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She followed her formal training with an Artist in Industry Residency at the Kohler factory in Wisconsin and has taught at University level in Texas and Wyoming. Natalie’s 9/11 Memorial submission was a finalist in the design competition and has been exhibited in New York. Her work has been featured on the radio, on TV’s “Good Morning America”, CNN”s online website and newspapers internationally. Natalie Clark divides her time between Washington D.C. and her live/ work studio in a converted church in the majestic Teton Mountains just outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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