Part of a 2005 exhibit asking artisans to respond to the Iraq war, this piece is a grim yet appropriate reminder of what conflict can mean.
Clark has long had a sculptural intent to his jewellery. This 1973 review shows that he maintained the same aesthetic: William Clark’s jewelry is not mere ornament; nor does its esthetic stem from the needs of the conservatively bejeweled. These pieces speak of a totally contemporary vision, socially and artistically. William Clark brings to his work the influence of goldsmiths in a marketplace in Saudi Arabia where he lived for a few years. Clarks’ life and work experiences — as sailor, fisherman, mechanic and laborer — all have a place in his concepts and images. Many pieces stem from a social or political consciousness. Clark carries the ideas over superbly through technical skill with materials, choice of appropriate common symbols — which in some instances are words — and a sense of humor.
More information about Clark, who has been widely exhibited and collected, can be found on the Velvet da Vinci site.