Emilie Clark: The Print Process Revealed

Mar 6, 2015 9:37PM

Emilie Clark is a New York-based artist who works in drawing, painting, installation and writing. In 2014, CMA commissioned the artist to develop this artwork with acclaimed master printer Gregory Burnet. 

Images from the Museum’s current exhibition The Print Process Revealed in the Fine Art Studio demonstrate the evolution of the printmaking process from conception to finished product, including the creation of steel face copper plates as well as several initial prints with varying levels of detail.

The printmaking process is often a mystery, but the results are visually stunning. The final print in this case represents a close collaboration between artist and printer, as well as a glimpse into the creative process.Throughout its creation, Burnet supplied technical guidance and served as an artistic advisor, while Clark brought her vision and expertise, but a partnership of this kind poses many challenges as well. For example, Clark was under pressure to work in an unfamiliar environment, while Burnet’s goals were to provide solutions to any technical issues while keeping Clark’s artistic vision intact. Together, they utilized varying techniques, including drypoint, aquatint, and spit bite to achieve the striking, watercolor-like nature of the final image.

Untitled , 2014
Children's Museum of the Arts

About the Artist

Born and raised in San Francisco, Clark received her BFA from Cornell University in 1991 and her MFA from Bard College in 2002. Clark is currently an assistant Professor at Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program. In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Her residency culminated in an exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory. She was included in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Biennial Art on Paper in 2010, in addition to several other group shows. Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship. She is currently an Artist Fellow at The Drawing Center in NYC. She lives in New York City with her her two boys, Cosmo and Luca, and husband, Lytle Shaw.