Art Spotlight: Susan Clinard

Art Spotlight: Susan Clinard


See Susan Clinard’s work in WTP Vol. VI #3

White bust statues of a woman whispering to a child, and an older woman watching
Continuum by Susan Clinard

mixed media
15″ x 7″ x 4″

Over several decades, I have honed a mature personal style across a variety of sculptural media. Whether I am sculpting from life in clay, bending wire, or carving wood, I strive to reveal nature’s truths—the duality of chaos against perfect symmetry. I am a contemporary figurative sculptor most concerned with honesty. Staying honest to myself, to the process of creation, to my materials, and staying honest to the subject matter I choose. My work is an exploration of nature’s forms, distorted and perfect, found and inspired. It is simply art reflective of life which contains the ugly and the beautiful without interruption.”

Susan Clinard earned her degree in Sculpture and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. While exhibiting her art at multiple venues throughout the city, she taught stone carving at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sculpture at the Palette and Chisel Academy, and Gallery 37. For much of her career, Clinard has been exploring a wide range of mediums. The majority of her work throughout the last twenty years has incorporated found objects such as driftwood, photographs, tools, weavings, and industrial wood patterns. These objects combined with figurative fragments allow her to explore themes of our shared and complex humanity. She has also been the artist in residence at the Eli Whitney Museum, Connecticut, for the last five years. Her sculptures can be found in galleries, in public parks, and in collections worldwide.

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