Marcus Clarke is a transmedia artist who is fixated on creating a sense of wonder through unexpected mediums such as minerals, cyanotype, and construction materials integrated with new media like LED panels, projection mapping, and augmented reality. His faith (and doubts within that faith) drives his practice, revolving around the pursuit of life to the full in mind, body, and spirit. Marcus was raised in Boerne, TX and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019. He moved to Austin quickly thereafter, and exhibited his first solo exhibition, "Zion's Window", in February at Vesper Gallery.
My current body of work, "Two Tides Torn", revolves around themes of redemption through the narrative timeline of the ocean at sunrise. Deep, dark waters symbolize loss, grief, despair, hopelessness, and death, while bright, reflective waters represent hope, resilience, restoration, and life. Through these five works, the viewer has the opportunity to sit with loss, grief, and despair on one end, and experience hope, life, and joy on the other end, and know that both experiences are part of the same "waters".
Through all the elements of this show, the light becomes the variable that makes water either refreshing or threatening. Not only is that displayed literally through the lighting and LED elements, but figuratively through the medium of cyanotype, a photosensitive chemical that turns a rich indigo blue when exposed to light (used in the painting and imitated in the video installation).
"Two Tides Torn" is birthed out of the grief that 2020 has caused us collectively, but also pushes forward in the hope to come. I believe that to have real and lasting joy, hope, and vibrant living, you need to experience pain and loss as well. Throughout the making process, I kept being reminded of this quote by Jon Foreman - "The shadow proves the sunshine."
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