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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.

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What was Lost by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke What was Lost, 2023 30 Second hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye) 30 Second hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye)
84 x 65 x 4 inches
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Sway by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Allana Clarke Sway, 2023 30 Second hair bonding glue (rubber latex, black carbon dye
41 x 32 x 2 cm
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To Be Is, To Be Like by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke To Be Is, To Be Like, 2023 Salon Pro 30 Sec. Super Hair Bond Glue
208.3 x 266.7 x 30.5 cm
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Wash Over, The Wide Open by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke Wash Over, The Wide Open, 2023 Salon Pro 30 Sec. Super Hair Bond Glue
231.1 x 185.4 x 30.5 cm
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Undeniable by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke Undeniable, 2023 Salon Pro 30 Sec. Super Hair Bond Glue
81.3 x 76.2 x 10.2 cm
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A Sea by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke A Sea, 2023 Salon Pro 30 Sec. Super Hair Bond Glue
96.5 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm
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Noone by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke Noone, 2023 Salon Pro 30 Sec. Super Hair Bond Glue
195.6 x 177.8 x 10.2 cm
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What was Lost by Allana Clarke contemporary artwork mixed media
Allana Clarke What was Lost, 2023 Salon Pro 30 Sec. Super Hair Bond Glue
213.4 x 165.1 x 10.2 cm
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