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Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

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Sara Clark


Artist Statement

Creativity is one of my strongest talents. As a visual person, I understand and interpret the world through observation and analysis. Nature intrigues me. I find it awe inspiring how the natural environment can change so dramatically day-to-day. As a result, I record my experiences and memories of landscapes and seascapes.

My areas of interest are painting and computers in the arts. I am an abstract painter and my media consists of acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and digital imagery. I create low relief and rough textures with added materials, and develop layers of paint with a palette knife. In addition, I layer gel medium transfers using my own photographs.

Color is important in my work and encapsulates and expresses my feelings and memories. I use subtle color washes and add small amounts of bold color to create contrasts. This approach to coloration allows me to explore unexpected and unique combinations. I use color symbolically, such as a muted blue to display a calm and relaxed feeling that I get from experiencing nature. This also mimics the essence of sky and water. My goal is to capture the viewers’ attention and show them my response to nature in hopes that they will relate it to their own experiences.


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