Clovis Blackwell

EMANATIONS:

 

My current work consists of large-format serigraph prints, screen prints on panel, and beaded curtain wall hangings. The process of large format screen printing is labor intensive and requires a crew of at least three people as well as specialized equipment. Collaboration and the nature of the multiple original fine art print reflect a connectedness or universal experience that I’m interested in digging into. Beading, while also labor intensive, introduces a meditative aspect into my practice. While wall-mounted, these curtains represent portals—experiences one must pass through. Source imagery primarily comes from nuclear weapons tests and garden flowers, and thematically explores apocalyptic tales, cycles of life, perseverance, and transformation. Tying into this is a visual and physical repetition of fractured images rendered into chaos but, through layering, discover order and generate new visual forms.

 

Emanations began shortly after completing graduate school and the birth of Xavier, my little boy. My work for a long time has explored themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation. During grad school, I was exploring heroic mythology and specifically the trials and transformation heroes faced. This led me to examine my childhood fascination with post-apocalyptic sci-fi. I’ve come to see the significance of apocalyptic myths that suggest our longing for an ending tied to the promise of a new beginning. This simple idea is too often resisted by society, as evidenced by our culture’s fear of dying and reluctance to endure even short-term sacrifices for long-term gain. Images of flowers and nuclear weapons tests layered in vibrant and colorful intersections make the transformative power of suffering appealing.