October Artist Talk

Lesley Clarke working on her installation

Lesley Clarke working on her installation

Artist Lesley Clarke will give an Artists Talk at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, 900 Fifth Street location, at noon on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Clarke is part of the gallery’s current group exhibition, Animal Other, and her work speaks physically and metaphorically about the presence of threat in the relationship between animal and human. She also defines the relationship as a struggle of opposites: primitive/civilized, wild/domestic, control/chaos, perpetrator/victim, and male/female. Clarke tackles the issues of the animal body and what it can suggest. Her bunny slippers and quilt with images of wolves both employ human hair as a medium. The sense of threat in her work comes from her interest in fairy tales and their psychosocial function. Clarke states in her work “a sense of otherness by instilling a fear of sexuality and our animal selves. Fairy tales are often rife with sexual anxiety and identity trauma. Within fairy tales a prevailing theme is the loss of innocence, threatened by expression of female sexuality.” Characters in her imagery sometimes wear animal masks which emphasize the relationship to the Animal Other. Admission is free. For more information call 250-740-6350.