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Rachel Clark

When creating a painting, I am fascinated by the strange ways in which shape, light, and color meet and intersect in the construction of our environment. I often think about the way people make room for themselves and others in this world. In my imagery, I look for the implied connections between objects, people, and the spaces we inhabit. I am fascinated by spaces where people have been or will be, and by the way our personalities and character imprint on the structures we occupy. Although the buildings and rooms I paint are inanimate, I think of all my paintings as portraits–they are personal and feel familiar in the way of close friends, even if you have never been there before.


I received my BFA in 2008 from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, where I studied painting and printmaking. My chosen media and methods vary depending on what ideas have my current interest, from small gouache studies to larger oil paintings that evoke a sense of narrative and place. I often find within my daily artistic practice that new questions arise as I work, and this motivates me to keep exploring.