To remember silence, to not speak for others while allowing myself the privilege and luxury of simply not speaking, keeping still, I draw, listening as the stories unfold.
Preferring the small, paper provides me with a studiio of amazing privacy. I focus the space, play with it, reflect, order, touch, and mark the rhythm of light and dark quality of line, the struggle of definition-refinement and the sureness of the unexpected left untouched.
Drawing allows me to impart, without boundaries, a secret world whose necessary ruminating reveals an intuitive, intimate knowledge made apparent. The virtual image is interfused with the "real" and vice versa, the imaginary and the real informing each other bringing a cretain recognition: now here, now there, suspensions, crossing over, a beginning an ending, arbitrary; subversive, not dependent on narration. My years spent as a performance artist informs the work with a sense of touch and space.
I use the presence of the sensuous body, both human and animal, miniature figures (actual size between one to three inches) compose a mediated space, which itself emerges to create forms that further define the shifting balance of the drawing. As all action suspends, resting on the stillness of the 'moment before', silence is rediscovered pointing to a direction without naming it.
The drawing becomes a small stage where the performance evokes unllikely encounters, surprising relationships and tragicomic participation, "uncomfortaable little stories" as Lyotard would have it.
I believe it is possible through drawing to bridge the gap between contemporaary experiencing and a more clearly inward personal vision.
Artist Bio / CV
Clara Crockett is a visual and performance artist, residing in Columbus,Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama from the University of Oregon in 1965.
Her work has been presented the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburg Center for the Arts, Indiana State University, University of Illinois, University of Akron, CAGE in Cincinnati, Ohio, Spaces in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Center Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio and in New York at La Mama Galleria, ABC No Rio and Manhattan Community College.
Individual Artist Fellowships and Grants awarded are: Ohio Arts Council 2008, 2004, 2000, 1997, 1994, 1991; Greater Columbus Arts Council 2000; Residency Fellowships at Vermont Studio Center 2008 and Yellow Springs Institute for Contemporary Studies and the Arts, Chester Springs, PA, 1988; Regional Artists Grant, Randolph St. Gallery, Chicago, 1995, National Endowment for the Arts, Solo Performance Artist, 1990; Cleveland Performance Art Festival Invitational 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988.