Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Grace DeClerck

Alumnus, 2011
Currently my work is interdisciplinary. I am intrigued by the process of claiming my own form. Claiming my form has been a journey with in it's self, it's involved a lot of questioning and some traveling.

I must question to create artwork. I experiment to find solutions. Though the solutions might be limited I am creating history in the process.

My compositions are not premeditated, but rather hold a sense of freeness and embodiment on the page. My work can be compared to structured ciaos. My forms become existent through a non-premeditated process. The final form is typically a form created through the process of destroying other forms. This process is significant because I enjoy the relationship or tension created between form and space. I often ask myself, can the “space” have more of a presence then the form, or when does “space” become it's own form?

I am amazed by the presence of large structures throughout our world. We have become a society so engrossed by the industrial aspect of our nation. There are sky scrapers and factories in any direction. Unfortunately so many beauties of our world get pushed away because of our materialistic needs. The mountains I have seen can not compare to any sky scraper. The mountains soar into the sky while also plummeting into the ground farther then we could ever imagine. The presence of such a concrete object is worth trying to interpret on paper or in any art form. There is nothing else in the world that takes on the size and infrastructure as a mountain, and yet is still has soft and fabric like lines weaving throughout the hard rock.

I want my artwork to create a feeling of tension between existing shapes, lack of shapes, or space created. I want my artwork to uphold a history, not only process oriented but also representational of the forms and lines I have taken from various mountains.

-Grace DeClerck
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL