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Art of the Month: Flow, by Sharon Clark



Art of the Month is a recurring feature that highlights the visual arts work of UFV students. In conjunction with the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), The Cascade chooses the works of multiple artists to be featured each month. To submit your work, please send an image, 50 word bio, 150 word artist statement, and image list with titles, mediums, sizes, and dates of creation (must be within the past year) to Limit of three submissions per person, per month.

Selected works may be displayed at The Cascade lounge, in room S2111 of the Abbotsford UFV campus. The deadline for submissions is October 25.

By Sharon Clark
Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 24 inches

Artist statement:
I am interested in the methodology of painting the boards, paper, and canvas, the application tools, the mediums, and the various ways to apply the variety of paints. At the moment, I am exploring the use of expansive arm and hand movements when applying paint to canvas. This acrylic piece was created with curving gestures, resulting in an outward and downward flow. The sense of space, and the arcing marks on the canvas, are emphasized by the juxtaposition of vibrant colour over the neutral background. It is left to the observer to decide if the image has a basis in reality, or is just a pleasing combination of colour and gesture on canvas. Are these feathers, or perhaps falling water, or just one of those crazy abstract paintings that any child or chimpanzee could produce? I strive to create artwork that encourages the viewer to pause, contemplate, and create their own story about the work. My ultimate goal is to stimulate imaginations.

I began painting in 1989, and am now working towards my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. I volunteer and serve as a member of the Board of Directors with Mission Arts Council, and am an active member of Federation of Canadian Artists. Acrylics, collage, photography, and print are my favourite mediums. My works are part of collections in Japan, Great Britain, and Canada.

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