Clarke’s sculptures generally tend to be abstract and are often inspired by political and social issues. The artist has described his work as an attempt to recreate “defenses against the vulnerability felt when confronted by this seemingly overwhelming world.” Clarke carves polystyrene without creating preparatory drawings first. Instead, the desired shape is cut with a hot wire and then buried in a special molding sand. The polystyrene vaporizes when the molten aluminum is poured into the mold. The cast metal is removed from the sand and pieces are welded together. The immediacy of this technique is reflected in the sculpture’s directness.
Courtesy of The Gateway Foundation.
Dimensions: 78.75″ x 27.5″ x 23.5″
Year Completed: 2006
Material: Cast aluminum
Owner: Gateway Foundation