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Jennifer Clark’s printmaking experience arrives at CAC’s Visual Arts Gallery


By Tom Di Camillo, Director of Media & Community Events

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College will host an opening reception for Jennifer Clark's exhibit Natural Selections: A Printmaker's Journey on Tue., Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery on the Signal Peak Campus.

There is no charge to attend the event which is open to the public. The menu for the complimentary reception will be an evening of Comfort Food created by Central Arizona College's culinary art students. The menu will include:

• Mini Meat Loaf
• Gravy & Mashed Potatoes
• Macaroni & Cheese
• Biscuits
• Chocolate Cake
• Hot Cocoa

Clark, who will be present for the opening, will display her work in the gallery through March 4.

 feathersCAC's Visual Arts Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday. It is located in the Student Services Building (Building M, Clock Tower) on the Signal Peak Campus at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

A native of Bexley, Kent, England, Clark moved to Denmark in 1967 after graduating from Goldsmith's College School of Art in London. She became a Danish citizen and dubs herself an International Snowbird - spending the winter months in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the summer in Denmark.

"It was in Denmark where I earned my living as a conservator and restorer while to a lesser degree I continued to develop my own artistic expression," Clark explained. "But in the mid-90s I returned to my love of printmaking and set up my own print studio in Denmark. So began my renewed journey, exploring the art of making prints."

Changes in the printmaking process rekindled Clark's interest.

"Printmaking had changed a lot since I learned intaglio techniques in the 60s," she explained. "New innovations of non-toxic printmaking had been developed and had evolved away from the toxic chemicals and solvents we used in the 60s. This motivated me to enroll in workshops, one in England and the other in Denmark, to learn about these new innovations. I have since explored some of these many new mediums and techniques being used to produce etchings and intaglio works."

For the past two years Clark has worked in mezzotint, a technique first developed in the 1600s. She prepares a copper plate using a labor intensive process that takes hours of using a rocker to create the surface into which compositions are scraped and burnished, and subsequently printed.

"It is through these various mediums I continue to explore my love of nature both in Europe and here in the Sonoran Desert," she said. "I try to capture small glimpses of the spirit and beauty of our natural world."

After earning her bachelor's degree in sculpture and printmaking, Clark remained at the institution for an additional year resulting in a Goldsmith's diploma in printmaking.

In 1969, she began a 13-year tenure with the National Museum in Copenhagen working with Color Conservation. During this time she received further education in decorative techniques, gilding, wood and marble imitation at the Copenhagen Conservator School.

In the early 1980s, Clark moved to the Danish island of Langeland. This was a home base for the rest of her professional life working as a freelance restorer and conservator.

In the mid 1990s, she returned part-time to her love of printmaking, establishing her own print studio at her workshop on Langeland.

While in Arizona, she volunteers at The Drawing Studio, Tucson, helping to introduce non-toxic printmaking into the studio practice.

For more information on the show or the CAC Visual Arts gallery, please contact Tom Belden by phone at 520-560-2452, or by e-mail at thomas.belden@centralaz.edu.

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