STEVIE ADA KLAARK’s work consists of paintings, site-specific sculpture, installation, sound, words, and video – a flux of made and altered / altered and found quasi-utilitarian objects – which are used to construct associative tableaus and immersive spaces in which viewers can interact with those objects to rethink the meanings they conventionally carry. Klaark has spent much of her life traveling and carrying objects. She has come to associate those travels as encounters which result in the manifestation of personal rituals and is interested in the ways migratory objects take on the emotional, metaphysical, and psychic experience of a certain time or place. In a larger sense, her work relays how we might use certain types of objects to walk a line amongst the comic, the absurd, and the sublime and how this can be translated to the viewer through a phenomenological experience. She thinks of words like hostship, yak milk, quasi-spiritual, drinking the Kool-Aid, leave-no-trace, and radical inclusivity when considering how space is used.
Klaark holds an MFA from Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) and a Post Baccalaureate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Review | cover |, Bat City Review, Blue Mesa Review, Studio Visit Magazine, and on BOOOOOOOM!. She has exhibited internationally at Biquini Wax EPS, Mexico City, Mexico; Hús Hákarla Jörundar, Hrísey, Iceland; and Milk Glass Co., Toronto, ON, Canada. Klaark has been artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT; Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, NY; and Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY. She has been an Instructor at Cornell University, Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) in Ithaca, NY, and an Educator at Marwen in Chicago, IL. Klaark is the recipient of the Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship. She was born in the White Sands Desert, in New Mexico, and presently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.