Gerald Clarke

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Gerald Clarke

Gerald Clarke’s family has lived in the Anza Valley for time immemorial. As an enrolled member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians, Gerald lives in the home his Grandfather build (c.1940) on the Cahuilla Reservation and currently oversees the Clarke family cattle ranch. He is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of California Riverside where he teaches classes in Native American Studies. Gerald is heavily involved in the reclamation and preservation of traditional Cahuilla culture.

I also recognize my need for meaning. While I have a deep appreciation for the aesthetic object and truly enjoy the physicality and craft of making an art object, my ultimate goal as an artist is for my work to have a meaningful interaction with the viewer.
Gerald Clarke

There are aspects of my work that have evolved over the past thirty years of art making, but some aspects have remained the same. I have consistently chosen to not have a singular approach to art making; I choose whatever media, format or action that I believe would best express the idea/emotion/concept I am exploring. In hindsight, I recognize how my perspective of the viewer has evolved. Early in my career, I sought to educate the non-native viewer about contemporary Native culture. Over time, I came to two realizations regarding my work and the viewer. First, by focusing my efforts to educate the non-native viewer, I was neglecting my own tribal community. Second, the more personal and honest I am in my work, the more universal it becomes.

I was raised with a traditional understanding of the world and the importance of community. I feel a responsibility to share my perspective and the humanity we all share. I don’t make Native American art. I express my Cahuilla perspective as a 21st Century citizen of the world and the passion, pain, and reverence I feel as a contemporary Cahuilla person.

Works

Gerald  Clarke
$$, 2019
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

Gerald  Clarke
America, 2019
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

Gerald  Clarke
ART Inverted, 2019
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

Gerald  Clarke
Immigrant, 2019
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

Gerald  Clarke
LIES LIE, 2020
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

Gerald  Clarke
Native American Art, 2019
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

Gerald  Clarke
Native Inverted, 2019
Charred Watercolor Paper
21 x 28 in.

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