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Rhoni Clarke: My Work My Anxiety

Tue Mar 17 to Apr 26, 2015, All Day

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“Having grown up surrounded by women who expertly sewed, crocheted, knitted, and quilted, I’ve sought my own way to participate in a textile tradition. I cut, mark, and pierce rigid clay as though it were cloth. Traditional quilting patterns like the ‘log cabin’—which allude to all that is light and dark in life, anchored by hearth and home—are purposefully integrated into my work. Through these patterns I can explore the entrenched symbolism as it pertains to my life: my work is the light, my anxieties are the dark, family is my anchor.”

Having grown up in a society and culture that often assigns shame and sloth to those suffering from mental health, Clarke’s recent work is an invitation to an open and honest discussion. After graduating from college, Clarke experienced the mental health issues that plague many young people. While initiatives like Open Minds, Healthy Minds, launched in June 2011, have begun to address mental health, it is only through constant discourse and action that society can continue to change.

About the Artist

Rhoni Clarke (b.1989) is from Orillia, Ontario. Originally planning a career in mathematics, she was drawn to clay after just one ceramic arts course. Rhoni graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee (BA 2011) and continued her practice at Sheridan College graduating in 2014. Rhoni is currently working for Scott Barnim Pottery in Dundas, Ontario, and living in Burlington.