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ARTIST STATEMENT ON
“If you obey the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn
Ryn Clarke started creating these photographic composites during the long months of the
Covid-19 quarantine. Taking to the woods everyday with her dogs, she began shooting images
of the beautiful flora and fauna all around her as one season progressed into another, and then
another, etc. Soon these elaborate composites began taking shape within her mind and she
began translating them onto the computer screen and then into print.
Isolation can quickly become dark and depressing, so she uses these images to tell a story,
creating make-believe landscapes if you will and exaggerates the truth a bit to take the viewer
into the scene so that they can begin to fabricate their own story. If you take the time to observe the nuances, you might be able to discover hidden gems within the composites.
Ryn is a visual artist, photographer and educator from Cleveland, Ohio and a frequent traveler to the Santa Fe/Taos area.
She embraces both her iPhone and digital SLR cameras and considers it a gift to be able to share what she has learned. Ryn experiments with different photographic techniques in her image making, including elaborate nature compositing, photopolymer gravure, encaustic & hand-colored photographic prints and also holds workshops in both beginner and intermediate iPhone workshops around the country.
She is on the board of The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland,
Ohio and a past president of the Cleveland Museum of Arts’ affiliate group, Friends of Photography. She is past Zone X Photography Representative for The Garden Club of America. She holds a fine art degree from Marymount University. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally & internationally and is held by private, corporate & medical collections throughout the United States. She is represented by The Bonfoey Gallery and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art.