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Here are some progress photos for Jon Clark’s sculpture to be installed here at Independence Art Studios.
My artwork is a reflection of my personality and an extension of myself. I am a little bit weird and sometimes this shows more than I’d like. I am drawn by my own childhood nostalgia, which is why many of my pieces show evidence of childlike imagery and random doodling. A lot of what I do and what medium I use are dependent upon how I am feeling at the moment. When it comes to art making, I tend to be very existentialistic; each piece is personal and unique. I allow myself to be free of responsibility and let the pieces come together almost effortlessly. I enjoy creating works that are amusing and force the viewer to think outside the box.
My work focuses on the experience of emotions and how the mundane affects everyday life. However, since I am also a designer, some of my works tend to be more about aesthetics than content. Very often I will construct an artwork around a shape or a color, and then decide how it makes me feel.
I am attracted to the visceral aspects of life, and what makes people and objects unique.
Thedra has delivered a new commissioned piece. This was a small sculpture to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Patrinely Group here in Houston.
printed silk satin
Images of Houston socialites taken from society newspapers
Part of “Red Velvet” exhibition at Vine Street Studios in Houston, July 2007.
Becca Cason Thrash
Cora Sue Mach
Leigh Ann Ranslem
Mary Stanton Smith
Thedra is a prominent Texas artist who could also be called a minimalist, a voodoo doctor or a natural historian. Her intriguing sculptures gain their expressiveness by organizing and displaying large quantities of everyday things. Her method is not handling or mark-making, rather it is arranging and presenting bits of data.
She received her Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University and her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in painting from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
Thedra lives in Houston but spent the last three years in New York. She is married to a graphic designer, has two sons, and teaches at the Art Institute. She is represented by McClain Gallery in Houston.