Clara Clark's work aims to create within a gallery or other setting a sense of having been transported elsewhere or having witnessed a change in the order of things. By inventing ways to home-make certain phenomena from low-tech materials she examines the boundaries of perception and questions the viewer's understanding of how these phenomena occur in real life.
Mechanics and practical elements are left visible in order to preserve the idea that the experience has been constructed; the scene is no more than the materials it is made from but simple triggers work on the imagination and cause unexpected physical sensations relating to scale and position in space.
For her exhibition at The Sassoon Gallery Clara Clark has chosen to exhibit a selection of recent works including 'Aircraft' (2006), 'Dome' (2005), and 'Grass' (2006) alongside two site-specific installations created especially for the Sassoon space.
'Sea' will work with the transformative and potential aspects of a gallery space such as The Sassoon Gallery. Determining how far removed a representation can be from its source and still believed in. Clark questions what it is that makes people aware of their position in relation to real life objects and how elements of this may be reconstructed in order to create a new scene or narrative. 'Train' will also work with these themes. By simulating moving scenery behind a train window Clark creates a common ground where the viewer can draw on their own experience, and build new constructs in their mind. It is these moments that make the world enjoyable; the imaginative possibility in the mundane.