Erin Clark is a two-time Long Beach Zombie Art Show participant. Growing up in Long Beach, she finds herself drawn back, time and time again. “I came back to my roots to study art and design at Long Beach State,” she told me. “Now I have a great network of artists and friends that keep me coming back!”
Carma Spence: How did you discover your artistic talents?
Erin Clark: There were always lots of books in my house growing up, and with my mother being a teacher, of course we visited the library often. I used to spend hours looking at the pictures in the books we would check out, and then I would try to create scenes of my own. I’d paint pictures for everyone we knew, my parents, friends, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.
Sometimes instead of playing with toys I’d draw animals. like lions and unicorns and birds them cut them out and play with them. So I think, really, it was discovering that I had an urge to create the things that I saw in my mind.
CS: How did you get involved with the Zombie Art Show in Long Beach?
ER: I actually was involved in the zombie art show in 2010, when it was a much smaller affair. This year Jason Liwag let me know that there might be an opportunity to participate again, so being the zombie enthusiast that I am I naturally jumped at the chance!
CS: How would you describe your artistic style?
ER: I would describe my artistic style as bold, bright, macabre and graphic.
CS: I have noticed that your work is both vibrant and dark at the same time. How did you develop your personal style?
ER: I love color. No matter what the art instructors said to me when I was young, my work would always end up bright. But, just because something is bright or beautiful doesn’t mean it cannot have a dark edge. I’m inspired by things that aren’t what they seem — which is a common theme in fairy tales and fables. What could be more inviting, yet terrifying, than a purple wolf beckoning you near? It’s the vibrance that perhaps make the hint of darkness more palatable.
CS: Where do you get your inspiration?
ER: Everywhere. Anywhere. Literature, mythology, fables, legends and fairy tales tend to be where I draw the majority of my inspiration, but it can also be something as simple as a color or shape that i have seen somewhere and can’t get out of my mind.
CS: Are there any well-known artists that you have been influenced or inspired by? In what way?
ER: Edward Gorey, Gustav Klimt, William Stout, John Bauer…the list could go on. I’m the type of person who isn’t married to one particular thing — meaning I want to experiment with as many aspects of art as possible, be it oils, sculpture, printmaking, inking, or even story writing. I find artists who have extensive or varied bodies of work to be the most influential because it excites me to continue to explore and challenge myself artistically.
CS: What kinds of media do you prefer to work with?
ER: Currently I’ve really been into working digitally, first drawing then scanning and adding color and more details in the computer. Working digitally is also best, considering I have limited space. But I also like to do a mix of anything I can get my hands on — inking, painting, mosaic and printmaking being my favorites.
For more information about Erin Clark and her work, visit her website at www.inkedinred.com.
This interview is the seventh in a series of interviews with the artists featured in the Zombie Art Show that have a connection to Long Beach. See below for links to the last five interviews in this series.
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