Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Carly Lake

Artist: Carly Lake

Exhibition: Closer

Media: Wood, Clay, Yarn, Acrylic

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: carlylake.com

Instagram: Sea.lake

About the Artist:

Carly Lake is a senior at CSULB, who is in School of Art’s BFA program with an emphasis on illustration. In addition to this she also getting a minor in American Indian Studies. Her studies have helped her to be more open minded and have helped to expand her creative ideas. She is currently working on a book of illustrations with her friend Cindy. In the future she would like to enter into an editorial program and maybe one day teach as well.

Formal Analysis:

The specific piece that was a part of the Closer exhibit that I will discuss is called Clonal Realm. It is a combination of different art medias that are used to express its idea. It consists of a clay sculpture that are all colored in different patterns that sit on top of a plywood base. This base is colored all different colors and is suspended in the air by wires. On the underside of the base is a tangle of different colored thread.

Content Analysis:

This piece was created in response to a TED Talk that Carly had seen. In this talk they discussed a clonal plants, which are plants that have underground connections to what seem like other individual plants. In reality though, these plants are not individuals even though they look like it, they are all connected to each other. Carly took this idea and applied it to humans in order to see society and the human race in a whole new light. Even though everyone comes from a different background and lifestyle, we are all connected to one another and share a global heritage together.

Synthesis/ My Experience:

At first I was intrigued by the piece because it had looked interesting and I was wondering what all of the yarn was for. Once Carly explained that she had been inspired by clonal plants, I understood what she was trying to get across. I understood because back when I was taking some of my early biology courses, I remember learning about clonal plants and thinking that it was similar to the way that ecosystems, humans, and the world works together everyday. The different colors show the phenotype (outward characteristics) that people and organisms gain and pick up over their lives. The underlying clay and connections show the genotype (underlying characteristics) of each organism.

The colorful roots under the base show the interconnections of all of the different organisms on this earth. Even though these roots are messy and disordered, they are essential to keeping the entire system alive. This system is just  like business, art, science and so many more disciplines that are essential in keeping society going and working everyday. This is why I enjoyed this particular piece of the closer exhibit and hope to keep it fresh in my mind as long as I can in order to remind myself that it takes everyone working together to keep it all going.




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