Title: Red Boro, Miniature hand stitched paper dress with boro work
Artist: Anzara Clark
Medium: Recycled vintage Japanese book pages, paper thread, ink. Handstitching, shibori, joomchi and boro.
Anzara Clark | Red Boro
Artist Statement – Anzara Clark
My arts practice focuses on paper, textiles and recyclable materials. I apply textile techniques to non- textile materials creating visual narratives exploring fragility and resilience; individual and cultural identity; myth and memory, mystery and meaning; significant transitions and human experiences; and questions of value and sustainability. I make two dimensional and soft sculptural works including abstracted conceptual pieces and garment forms. My work is layered and nuanced and built up from repetitive motifs and actions that produce wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts; and in which each part is still integral to the poetics of the work. The textural aspect of my work is intended to awaken the sense of touch in viewers; inciting them to want to handle the work in environments where touching artwork is taboo. In my work with recyclable materials I aim to obscure the source of the material until viewed closely, thereby challenging viewer perceptions and assumptions. I ask viewers to consider where value lies - in materials or in human labour? Experimentation is an integral part of my practice. I constantly seek to find new possibilities in the way materials and processes can be used and extended, and how they can inform new bodies of work and add richness to my visual language. Currently I am extending and refining ways of manipulating paper using textile techniques. I am exploring the links between paper and narratives and deliberately subverting the text narratives on my materials to create new visual stories. I am also using textile techniques as mark making processes and employing the age and damage of my chosen materials to enrich the visual and conceptual impact of my works.