"Since 2003 I’ve inserted myself into the works and lives of Victorian women scientists and naturalists including Mary Ward, Mary Treat, Martha Maxwell, and Ellen Henrietta Richards. Treating my studio like a laboratory, I literally restage much of the research these women undertook. This accumulative process tends to turn the studio into an embodiment of each historical project I take on, and in turn transform. Transformation is one of the underlying connections across the projects—even before I began working this way, my work had involved liminal states, things in the act of becoming, defamiliarizing and non-linear narratives, close observation and the questioning of categories. This investigative activity and my archival research and writing inform a practice that involves painting, drawing, installation and sculpture. The practices of these women and mine involve careful testing sustained empirical inquiry, structured interaction with daily life, and ultimately world building. As an artist I am dedicated to a hands-on empirical approach, where one attempts to achieve one’s goals and gain knowledge through one’s own daily life, and where one attempts to understand and embrace the interconnectivity of all things."
Emilie Clark received her BFA from Cornell University, and her MFA from Bard College. Clark has had solo shows at the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV), the Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee, MN), and at the Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY). Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Children’s Museum of Art (New York, NY), the San Jose Museum of Art’s (San Jose, NM), the Weatherspoon Museum Biennial (Greensboro, NC), and the Palo Alto Arts Center (Palo Alto, CA). In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which culminated in an exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Bomb, Printed Project, and Cabinet Magazine, and has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Week, The Village Voice and Time Out New York. Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship.