Clay Ward's Profile

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I'm a photographer and artist living with family here in ever changing New England.

I do take commissions.

Art, for me, is two things.

First... making art is being present, fulfilling my basic need to create. It is doing so with a fullness of purpose and presence. I really get into making things and that helps me feel calm and happy. This comes through in the work as I leave marks of the process throughout.

Second... sharing art is asking the world to question itself a little bit. How will someone use the objects I make? Why does that matter? Experiencing my work should feel pleasantly strange. And if anyone stops and thinks just quickly about that experience then at least we've left behind routine.

As far as how I place…

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  • Joined January 30, 2011

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matter, context, expectation, effort

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About

I'm a photographer and artist living with family here in ever changing New England.

I do take commissions.

Art, for me, is two things.

First... making art is being present, fulfilling my basic need to create. It is doing so with a fullness of purpose and presence. I really get into making things and that helps me feel calm and happy. This comes through in the work as I leave marks of the process throughout.

Second... sharing art is asking the world to question itself a little bit. How will someone use the objects I make? Why does that matter? Experiencing my work should feel pleasantly strange. And if anyone stops and thinks just quickly about that experience then at least we've left behind routine.

As far as how I place my work historically? I think a lot about Dada, Wabi Sabi, and 60s conceptual work. But I also think about the way that my dad plays the piano. And how leaves grow. Inspirational stuff.

Oh, and i don't always like to be too descriptive of the artwork in my summaries. I wouldn't want to tell you what you're "supposed" to feel, right?

Anyhow. This is all very nicely theoretical. But I also just like what I make and want to share it. So if you have something to say please send me a "convo" and we can chat, ok?

-clay

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