Ryn Clarke is an artist from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She was selected to be one of the artists to exhibit in the Manhattan Arts International 10th online exhibition on the theme “The Healing Power of ART”. This online exhibition, that runs through June 30, 2015, showcases different visual forms, styles and mediums by 43 artists from around the world who create art as a catalyst to heal others, themselves, or to raise awareness and well-being in our society.
Ed Wedman, founder of Exhibitions Without Walls (EWW), chose Ryn Clarke among all exhibiting photographers and digital artists in the show to receive an EWW Featured Artists Award. This includes an Interview with Clarke that can be read here.
When we asked Wedman why he chose Ryn Clarke for this special award he stated, “Ryn Clarke’s work was chosen not only because of style and technical ability, but probably more importantly because of her image’s immediate impact as a result of using subtle colors, tones and softness. This combination gave a strong and immediate sense of comfort, warmth and soothing which, in my mind, is essential in the process of healing.”
In the interview Clarke stated, “I view my photography as a way to engage with the world and enrich the lives of those that intersect with my world. I try to bring simplicity into my life and my work. I hope my photography reflects this paring down, this restraint.”
When Wedman asked Clarke “What is unique about your photography? Would I be able to immediately pick out your work in an exhibition?” she replied “If you knew me, you would probably be able to identify the work. But I tend not to ‘limit’ myself to one particular style. My landscapes are usually quiet meditations of nature, while my ‘close-ups’ are fragmentary glimpses: partial branches, layerings of flower petals, things that wait patiently to be discovered. I am experimenting with iPhonography with great success. In fact, I captured 4 awards in one show in the cell phone category: Best, First, Most Creative and Museum Staff Award.”
When the multiple award-winning artist entered The Healing Power of ART competition, she submitted this statement: “My work is often described as a ‘wabi-sabi’ approach to photography – an aesthetic appreciation of the evanescence of life. Things wabi-sabi have a vague, blurry quality. Once hard edges take on a soft pale glow. Bright saturated colors fade into pale earth tones or smoky hues of dawn and dusk.”
Ryn Clarke’s fine art photography has been exhibited in many galleries. It has been purchased for numerous private collections and can be found in the permanent collections of corporations and medical institutions throughout the U.S. As she states on her website, her creative inspiration comes from “the powerful black and white visions of Michael Kenna, John Sexton and Cole Thompson, and the color work of Georgia O’Keefe and the great 17th C. artist, Caravaggio.”
Read the interview by Ed Wedman on the Exhibitions Without Walls website: http://www.exhibitionswithoutwalls.com/ryn-clarke-photography-chagrin-falls-oh-usa/
Visit Ryn Clarke’s website www.rynclarkephotography.com
View The Healing Power of ART online exhibition.