Aftermath 2094: Tamara Clarke

How would you describe your practice?

My practice is centred around landscapes and my environment. My work explores a sense of belonging and existing between two different cultures – Malta and the UK. Through walking, I seek my “imagined landscape” in the geology of the UK terrain that resonates with my memories of and being in Malta.

What are you trying to communicate through your work?

Within my work, I combine elements of both my cultures into one photographic space in an attempt to narrate the feelings of belonging within a space that has a profound meaning to me.

Are there aspects of Our Silver City, 2094 that inspired your work, outlook or you personally?

Potentially, as my practice could change as it develops. Our Silver City, 2094 is about the world in the future, and no one knows what that will look like. We can interpret it in a way to envisage something Utopian, or Dystopian. The interpretation of the world is something that correlates to my work, and how we imagine what it will be.

Describe the process of developing your work

A lot of my influence comes from researching the artists, reading about the themes of the project and experimenting with techniques of photographing the landscape. Texts on subjects such as the imagined landscape and walking are the main focus of my work. Re-shooting the same landscape is a process I go through once I have researched more into the stories I’m trying to convey.

What did it mean to you to collaborate on this project?

Collaboration is an important element of my practice because it helps me to reflect on other artists’ decisions about how they chose to interpret ‘Our Silver City, 2094’. It was fascinating to share our views of what we think the world will look like in the future.

What do you hope visitors will experience or take away?

A moment to reflect on the possibilities of what life can look like in the future. A space for visitors to relate to the art pieces on display and to imagine their own stories.

Instagram: @tamaraclarkephotography

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