Sonya Clark


We are networks of communication. We house libraries of ancestry in our cells. Like a biologist, I observe, identify, and describe our structure, function, growth, origin, and evolution. Roots and branching structures found in nature, physiology, and technology inspire this work. The pieces make reference to trees (botanical and familial), vascular systems, antlers, rivers, networks, and cells. Pablo Neruda wrote, “What did the tree learn from the earth to be able to talk with the sky?”

“Clark’s work … is about identity-not just about race, but about the more universal identity of the soul.

—Beverly Gordon