“We are all connected by invisible strings” – Mixed media exhibit by Zoe Clark

artistic representation of human head

“What makes us human? Are we merely the sum of complex networks of flesh and bone or are we the product of something intangible and mysterious?” These are some of the questions Zoe Clark explores in her mixed-media images, exhibited at Edward G. Miner Library during February.

Clark says this project began as an exploration of the human body. She always has been fascinated by body and soul, their various functions, appearances, and their interconnectedness. “Initially, the amorphous shapes within each box were meant to represent the ephemeral human spirit embodied within each body part. As I continued my exploration, I came across an anatomical illustration of the pelvic girdle. To me, the bones resembled a butterfly. This serendipitous discovery provided a more developed image to bridge the physical body to the soul.”

The multi-dimensional pieces, some several feet tall, explore metaphorical relationships between internal and external, tendon and thread, pelvis and butterfly, synapse and star. Clark combines more traditional media like pen and watercolors with innovative embellishments like beads, string, and glitter. Even coffee plays an integral role. The pieces are not only extraordinarily detailed anatomical drawings, but also fanciful daydreams, frozen and captured behind glass.

Born in Den Haag, Holland, Clark has lived in Rochester, NY, since 1998. Currently, she is a senior at Brighton High School. Clark plans to travel to Lima, Peru, in March, where she will volunteer to assist underserved populations. Beyond that? Clark would like to combine art, Hispanic culture, and neuroscience into a career.

For additional information, contact the artist at: clarkzoe@ymail.com

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Edward G. Miner Library is located at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Room 1-6221 on the first floor. The Library is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight. Call 585-275-3361 for holiday hours and more information, or visit www.urmc.rochester.edu/miner.

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