Emilie Clark "Maxwell's Lair"

Morgan Lehman Gallery

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"Maxwell's Lair" is an exhibition of new paintings and installation by New York based artist Emilie Clark. This is Clark's second solo show with the gallery. Clark has long been interested in 19th Century women naturalists who defied dominant social expectations of their time. She has used their lives and practices as a point of departure in two previous series based on Mary Treat (1830-1923) and Mary Ward (1827-1869), resulting in shows based on several years of research, accumulation and creation of specimens, paintings, drawings, and sculpture.

Maxwell's Lair draws from the life and work of Martha Maxwell (1831-1881), a 19th Century American naturalist, who at the time had the largest collection of taxidermy in the US. Maxwell killed and prepared most of the animals in her collection and displayed them in naturalistic dioramas that she created. Her dedication and devotion to her work parallels that of an artist. Clark's paintings are derived from stuffed-animal hybrid sculptures she constructs, in addition to close observation of actual specimens-living, taxidermied and pickled.

[Image: Emilie Clark "Untitled from Maxwell's Lair (MM-59)" (2009) Watercolor and graphite on paper 15 x 20 in.]



from October 15, 2009 to December 05, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-10-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


Emilie Clark

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