b. 1987, Trinidad and Tobago

Allana Clarke Biography

Allana Clarke is a Trinidadian-American artist whose practice is built upon a foundation of uncertainty, curiosity, a will to heal, and an insistence upon freedom. Fluidly moving through video, performance, sculpture, and text, her research-based practice incorporates sociopolitical and art historical texts, to contend with ideas of Blackness, the binding nature of bodily signification, and the possibility to create non-totalising identifying structures.

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Clarke’s latest body of work expresses struggle and ritualistic transformation through sculptures made from hair bonding glue, a liquid latex commonly used to adhere hair extensions onto a person’s scalp.

Clarke refers to her first interactions with hair bonding glue as a child as 'rituals indoctrinating me into a world that is anti-Black.' Clarke begins her sculptural process by pouring the hair bonding glue onto flat panels. The bonding glue cures from the top, remaining supple underneath for days or weeks. During that time, Clarke manipulates the material by scraping, pulling, twisting, and pushing into it with her entire body. The performative process manifests in a sculptural relic of the artist literally grappling with her complicated relationship with her medium.

Clarke received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art in 2014, and has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Lighthouse Works, and Yaddo. She is currently a 2020 NXTHVN fellow and an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Recent exhibitions include Realms of Refuge, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL; Wrecked Alphabet, Broodthaers Society of America, Harlem, NY; Indoor Outposts, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France and Spiral/Recoil, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE.

Text courtesy Kavi Gupta.

Allana Clarke Featured Artworks

On My Life by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke On My Life, 2021 30 Second super hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye, Ammonium Hydroxide)
104.1 x 101.6 cm
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Aftermaths by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke Aftermaths, 2021 30 Second super hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye, Ammonium Hydroxide)
109.2 x 86.4 cm
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Kavi Gupta
To Tend by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke To Tend, 2021 30 Second super hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye, Ammonium Hydroxide)
96.5 x 99.1 cm
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Kavi Gupta
And To No Other by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke And To No Other, 2021 30 Second super hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye, Ammonium
109.2 x 99.1 cm
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Kavi Gupta
Carried Across Tightly by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke Carried Across Tightly, 2021 30 Second super hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye, Ammonium Hydroxide)
78.7 x 86.4 cm
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Kavi Gupta
Untitled by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork photography, print
Allana Clarke Untitled, 2021 Digital c-print
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Solace by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke Solace, 2020 30 Second super hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye, Ammonium Hydroxide)
167.6 x 289.6 x 30.5 cm
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Kavi Gupta
Under Your Watchful Eye by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture
Allana Clarke Under Your Watchful Eye, 2021 30 second Super Hair Bond Glue
91.4 x 71.1 x 43.2 cm
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Kavi Gupta

Allana Clarke Recent Exhibitions

Allana Clarke Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA
Kavi Gupta Chicago

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