of St. Louis Artist, MaryJo Clark
Since childhood, art has been an integral part of my life. I have always enjoyed the creative process and have made the study and practice of art my life’s work; from my art making to my more than 30 years as an art educator.
Drawing has been the foundation of my artistic endeavors and, more recently, I have turned my attentions to design through the technique of collage. As an art educator, I work with my students in a variety of media and techniques, and have carried that practice to my own work, dabbling in printmaking, ceramics and painting.
Pastel provides the perfect blending of drawing and painting. As the pastel medium uses the same pigments found in paint, the colors are as rich and vibrant as those found in many oil or acrylic paintings. Additionally, the stick form of pastel allows for the same qualities of mark making that I so enjoy about the drawing process.
My collage pieces grew out of a lesson on shape that I had developed for my students. I became intrigued by the arrangement of shapes, colors and textures as elements for creating unique compositions. The papers that I use in my collages include wallpaper scraps, book pages mulberry and tissue paper, and my own hand-printed papers. The additional embellishments of beads, tiles and/or other media add a dimensional aspect to each design.I particularly enjoy expressing myself through the non-objective and abstract subject matter of these pieces that, in turn, evoke unique responses from each viewer.