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Artist ID: 2387

My work stems from the loss of both my mother and father due to smoking related cancers in February of 2013. Their passing left a deep void in my life that led to my
interest in Memento Mori, remembering that one day you will die, and a reinvestigation
of my own childhood trauma, abuse, and mortality. Through these investigations I came
to terms with the trauma of my childhood and the lack of memories I actually have.
Picture frames are usually reserved for those most cherished of memories: a family
outing, birthdays, weddings, or holiday get-togethers. They rarely encapsulate the most
influential events: a death in the family, trauma, or abuse. My work seeks to investigate
these moments as they force us to make decisions, decisions that lead to life changing
events. We either rise to the occasion or sink into despair. Pulling from the ideation of
mourning jewelry, hair wreaths, and Victorian sitting rooms, my work mimics and
encapsulates trauma within the fragility of paper.

Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He has shown in exhibitions at Galerie Evolution-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, The Netherlands’ CODA Museum Paper Biennial in 2021, Art of Paper Fair in New York City, and many other international, national, and regional juried, group, solo, and museum exhibitions.

Clary has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, Create! Magazine, PICKCHUR Magazine, Candyfloss Magazine, This is Colossal, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hi Fructose, Beautiful Decay, Bluecanvas Magazine, and This Is Colossal. He has also been featured in publications including 500 Paper Objects,Paper Works,Paper Art, Papercraft 2, PUSH: Paper, and The New Twenties.

Clary won Top Prize at the 2016 ArtFields Competition in Lake City, SC, and in 2019 he won both People’s Choice Award for 2D and the Merit Prize at ArtFields.

Charles has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia, R02 Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and Patrajdas Contemporary Gallery in Ogden, Utah. Clary currently lives and works in Conway, South Carolina, where he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and Foundations Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University.

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