David A. Clark Studio is the workspace and gallery of internationally known artist and teacher David A. Clark. Clark’s work has been featured in the Palm Springs Art Museum and Art in Print magazine.
Many years ago, a close friend loaned me an old tin red arrow sign that used to hang in a theatre where we had both worked. For me that sign symbolized an idealized sense of connection. It stood for the freedom that comes from leaping into the unknown in front of a crowd of strangers and represented the exhilarating rush of trepidation and possibility accompanying an actor’s path from the wings onto the stage. I had that tin arrow in my office for many years until I had to give it back, and not long after I let it go, I found arrows showing up in my work. Since then, I have explored the idea of the arrow and what it symbolizes for me in many different forms.
Arrows are much more than a symbol; they are a metaphor for being. In my work, the arrow is a representation of the human figure, an expression of movement, time, or state of being, a meditation on direction, impulse, or legacy, and as a collective, an illustration of the journey or state of humankind.
I’ve explored the arrow in many different ways in my work, but that first arrow has always inspired me. It has been my talisman each step of the way
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