Kathryn Clark lives in San Francisco and has worked as an architectural and urban designer for seven years before becoming a full time artist in 2005. A traditional painter and photographer for twenty years, her studio slowly became full of remnants of yarn, wire and stacks of linen and burlap. One day, she put the paints and paintbrushes away, pulled out the fabrics and began sewing and layering thread.
When did you feel your art was your own?
The foreclosure series though has finally allowed me to bring all the things I'm passionate about together as one, and that's when I felt my art was my own. My love of urban planning, concern about the situation, love of fabrics, and passionate about politics is all there.
When did you feel you found your own artistic voice?
I've always strived to be unique with my art but it was when I switched to fiber that I felt I had come home. I knew that I had to make a lot of work in order for it to reveal itself.
Was there any influence in your life that you felt that pushed your work to another level?
I read the book Originals: American Women Artists
that included the work of Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois and Lenore Tawney among others. I really began to understand that if you have a strong message, you can express it through unconventional mediums and don't be afraid to test the 'rules'.
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