OTA is pleased to talk with David A. Clark whose work is featured in DREAMING, March 1 – April 28, 2019.

1.  What inspires or drives you in your creative pursuit?

Work starts with a feeling or an abstract idea that searches for form. At that point when the idea is in its infancy I’ll start thinking about materials and what inspires that particular alchemy when idea meets its material form. It’s building tools of language out of paint and paper and canvas. It’s work, but I can feel when the intuition takes over. My hands and my head construct, and time slips away and then the object appears. The very best work just shows up, it comes from lots of rigorous thought and hard work in the studio, but I’ll know if I’ve done a good job because the object will feel the way it should. It will connect and bridge the gap between the idea and the object and more importantly the object will connect with the viewer. Connection with the viewer is key, but it starts with me connecting to an idea or a feeling. And it succeeds when the viewer connects with the object and feels something. That’s really the end game for me: connectiveness. 

2.  Was there anyone pivotal in your becoming an artist and pursuing your creative journey?

There have been so many. I come from a creative family. My mother is an artist, and my father and sister are highly creative thinkers. I got exposed at an early age to the best of left and right brain. I’ve also been very lucky to have worked with some extraordinary visionaries throughout my career. I worked with Robert Wilson and Peter Sellars very early on and I was blessed to have teachers and mentors that pushed me out of my comfort zone and showed me that taking risks and following your own unique voice can be the path to gold.

3.  What do you want to say to the world or what message do you want to give to the world?

My hope is that the work I make connects me to something greater than myself and that the work transports the viewer. That the work connects the viewer to something; a feeling, a fragment of memory; just something. It doesn’t even have to be defined. Just to connect, to the object, to something in themselves, it doesn’t matter. What matters is to connect, and pause, and feel. That’s the greatest reward.

4.  What advice can you give to those starting on the creative journey?

Stay true to your own voice. Be bold and fearless. Don’t worry what others think of what you are doing. Just do it and do it big. Jump in with abandon. Follow the “what if’s” and know that mistakes are part of the process. Just keep moving forward and know that no one can do you better than you can. 

Thank you for sharing David.  We all feel truly connected to you and will hear your words when we view your beautiful meaningful work at OTA.