My practice has its roots in street and documentary photography. With the images I create, I try to not just to present a pictorial record, but to identify and represent the dynamic I feel within my surroundings. More often than not, this presents itself as the lines and colours of the everyday, or the relationship between people and their environment. I work in both colour and black and white – sometimes separately, sometimes together, depending on how the scene resonates with me emotionally.
As my work has evolved, I have used image manipulation, video and the written word to explore beyond the narrative defined by the ‘straight from camera’ photographs to create imagined worlds and abstractions from concepts such as spirituality and symbolism. My more recent work features digitally 'painted' images which 're-configure' the light from my own photographs - as painted by my camera - and presents that original subject as a set of abstract layers, reflecting the possibility of alternative interpretations/perceptions/imaginings of the subject.
More recently, I have been working with marker pens and paint, creating works which are then scanned or photographed and then digitally manipulated. These involve first creating a set of stream of consciousness objects on paper using a black marker. Then either objects are filled with colour ink, scanned and then digitally manipulated using random application of a software tool, or the outline is scanned and the objects filled with block colour, and sections of scanned paintings and photographs.
The common thread through all my work is a determination to work with colour (or lack of) to create a strong aesthetic, whilst exploring alternative views and challenging established ‘truths’, so that in a broader sense, we might learn to understand and accept our differences - and contribute to the greater good. I also work on other projects which combine media. These can be found at www.alclark.uk
Ally Clark obtained an MA in Visual Art: Fine Art (Digital) from Camberwell College, University of the Arts, London, and has exhibited in London, Guernsey, Cayman Islands and Mexico.