Sharing my mindfulness paintings is as satisfying as creating them. It is so exciting to share my process with others. It is also an honor to encourage others to embrace their own process over their product. Don’t look at what I’ve made. Look at why I made it. What did I notice, think about or meditate on? What was I mindful of? These are the questions I hope you will ponder as you visit my exhibits.
Be happy in the moment. That is enough. – Mother Teresa
2023 Genesis Exhibition in Partnership with the Jewish Art Salon and CARAVAN, NYC, New York
My most recent body of work explores the theme of liminality. This theme, in great part, is concerned with the passing of time. “Time and Space” is about inception: when nothing became something. I tried to capture “the beginnings” that came from what, I imagine, was a completely empty space. This is what I see when I close my eyes and imagine that the clock just started ticking.
Time and Space, 2019
Artistic Initiative of the Jewish Art Salon in partnership with CARAVAN
Show Opens May 1st, 2023 at the Interchurch Center in NYC, NY
Genesis: The Beginning of Creativity
Small Works Juried All Media National Exhibition
Using color, form, and line, I create in the present while wondering about Yesterday. I also seize “Right Now” while peeking into “What’s Next.” My liminal creations in this exhibit invite you to join me on creative, imaginative journeys through time and space. These works are little adventures in the “Here and Now.”
“Swimming Deeper” and “Unexpected Choices,” 2022
On Exhibit at the Northville Art House from November 12th through December 17th, 2022
Merged: d'Art's Third National Exhibition of Collage and Assemblage
I used both collage and assemblage to create my way through “My Journey.” I have included Yesterday, Right Now, and Tomorrow all at once through my creative process. I used gelli plate collage papers to cover the flaps and doors that open and close. I also incorporated hand drawings on paper and a reimagined lamp base, so the assemblage can spin with the turn of your hand. I wanted the viewer to move through time, place, and space. Doing this three dimensionally and interactively creates an awareness of time shifting and changing: a liminal experience.
My Journey, 2022
On Exhibit at the D’Art Center from Saturday, January 7, 2023 through Saturday, February 4, 2023
Muskegon Museum of Art 93rd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
The paper flowers that wrap around this sculpture are meant to evoke a feeling of life bursting from the earth in spring. They are covered with a light dusting of snow which appears to be melting. This sculpture spins on its base and has a wind-up music box that plays the song “Edelweiss.”
On exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art from October 6th through November 3rd
Innovations 2022 Annual International Open Juried Exhibition
International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA)
I wanted to paint myself from the inside out. No flat canvas: Must work in 3D. I also needed portals: doors, sky, air, water, and a way to move in and out of a space. Experimenting with 2D and 3D expressions of these gateways was wholly necessary. This is my “old style” mixed with a new execution.
Self Portrait, 2022
“Self-Portrait” is on exhibit at the Art Gallery of St. Albert, in St. Alberta, Canada from August 18th through October 1st, 2022
Everything Folds and Unfolds Regional Juried Exhibition
These two sculptures represent the unfurling of new thoughts, beliefs, and convictions lying within me and on the precipice of being released. The burgeoning flower in one box represents the unfolding of my mind. This unfolding is a flourishing of what was once buried: “Old Me” and “New Me.” My old beliefs gave me a sense of belonging and my beliefs were validated by the people around me. That was when I was thinking inside the box. Now, I am “Outside the Box”: a misfit, outlier, dissenter, and even a bit of a deviant. I could have kept the box closed, folded all the simmering thoughts away, and locked the box tight. Instead, I let it open, and I let myself try life outside of it.
“Outside the Box” and “Old Me, New Me,” 2022
On exhibit at the South Haven Center for the Arts from September 23rd through November 5th, 2022
(re)bound: the altered book International Juried Exhibition
I painted my way through my journey. I have included Yesterday, Right Now, and Tomorrow all at once. The flaps and doors that open and close let the viewer move through space, time, and place. Doing this three dimensionally creates an awareness of time shifting and changing: a liminal experience.
My Journey, 2022
On exhibit at the South Haven Center for the Arts from June 10 through July 23, 2022
A2AC Gallery Exhibit
The A2AC Gallery is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The gallery exhibits works which support its goal to “emerge as a catalyst for connection, conversation, and creative exploration through participation.” Alisa E. Clark’s work will be on display and for sale at A2AC throughout the 2022-2023 exhibition year.
In the Ocean and Time and Space, 2022
Two works (“Deep Down” and “Underneath”) can be viewed and purchased by following this link to the A2AC Gallery website. You can also visit these works in person at the A2AC Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. “In the Ocean” and “Time and Space” (shown above) have been sold.
Composer and Pianist, Margin Alexander, Performs to Alisa E. Clark's Painting, "Funny Little Birds"
This 2022 Performance is Filmed from the South Oxford Theater in Brooklyn, NY
The entire Performance features several artist’s works combined with Margin Alexander’s musical compositions. It will be projected outside, at a future date, for the NYC community to experience.
University of North Carolina’s CAB Gallery Exhibition, 2022
It’s not what I thought it was. As the events of the past year have unfolded, I have had to refine what I believe. Now, I find myself where I don’t belong, and it’s a place that I once thought was home. I am leaving disillusioned.
The last year has changed me. Everything I was taught, everything I believed to be true, and everything I once put my hope in no longer adds up. It’s all one giant contradiction.
Protest Signs Exhibition:
Exhibit Opening: February 24th through April 1st, 2022
Episcopal Church and Visual Arts 2022 Exhibitions
This collage of works for three 2022 ECVA calls includes images for the Sacrament and Image, Everywhere I Look, and Praying the Hours exhibitions. Answering ECVA calls since 2010, I have been offered multiple ways to explore a deeper understanding of “of an ever-evolving, transcending spirituality” through my creative process. With each call, I make art that pushes me. The process always leaves me changed and connects me with art makers who aren’t afraid to explore hard questions and seek for deeper answers.
ISEA Making Our Marks Exhibit, 2022
Getting 25 surrealistic approaches to work together on one canvas was daunting, but I was changed by the experience. Some of the elements got completely buried on my painting surface. Others remained front and center. As I played with the different approaches, I realized that my “usual” would never be the same again. The result feels odd to me. In the spirit of surrealism, this piece is strange. I don’t recognize this new artist. Is that really me?
Is That Really Me?, 2021
2022 Making Our Marks Exhibit with the International Society of Experimental Artists
ECVA Stories from the Road, 2022
I painted this vision from 2014 to sear its resulting epiphany into my heart with my paintbrush, so I will never forget. This, I attained to some degree. That is very good because this is what I have left at my spiritual bottom. This Christmas, and every Christmas to come, this will be the place from which I glean my faith.
From Where I Glean My Faith, 2021
I fell to my knees before Him, and I said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” I was full of regret for my impatience, my choices, and my failures. I was crying and pleading with Jesus to forgive me. I begged Him to touch me. He reached out and placed His hands on my head, and I was hopeful that He would make me better. He touched my head, my neck, my stomach: every place that was broken. I ached to be healed.
I’m Sorry, 2021
Rockland Visual Arts Festival, New York, 2022
130 Talented Artists and Performers
Look beyond the red door and see what you can find. There are little, hidden surprises here: buried in time and memory but, like magic, can be rediscovered on my canvas. I paint to dig it all back up and remember.
Beyond the Red Door, 2021
The Live Festival Runs from January 22 through February 7th, 2022
International Society of Experimental Artists' Juried Exhibition
ISEA Utterly Unfathomable and Powerfully Profound, 2021
My choices are about expressing my inner experience. I could care less about being conventional. I need a color for all my uncertainty and a texture for all my grief. What can I find for my canvas that points me towards new understanding? I have this jacket that was Mom’s. I slip pieces of it onto my canvas. I draw the front door from my childhood home, and I tuck it away in the shadows of my work. I draw these funny little birds that squawk, tumble, spin, and teeter on the surface of my creation. I see that each bird is me as I tumultuously try to find solid ground. I do this all for hours: choosing colors, shapes, objects, and significance. Words wrap the canvas, but they are garbled and seemingly senseless. I wonder if others will think I have lost my mind? These are odd choices, but I didn’t mean to do something out of the ordinary. I was just lost in the process. I guess you could say this work was one big experiment, but that wasn’t the plan. This is simply what came out of me.
Funny Little Birds
The Quarantine Artwork of the Artists of ECVA, 2021
Alisa looks back on a lifetime of art making, and she sees creativity’s gift of “flow” during the countless times of sitting and waiting for time to do its work within her. She sees that her creative process was with her whether the hands of time moved too fast or too slow. She also notices that in the most challenging times—the moments when time seemed not to move at all—her creative process was her great companion. When engaged in this process, Alisa’s has her most profound spiritual experiences. Art is a gift that provides her much connectedness, meaning, and joy.
Exhibit opens on September 13th, 2021
St. Vincent College Verostko Arts Center, 2021
September 6th through October 29th, 2021
I am enraptured by the idea that Mary carried God incarnate inside her womb. I like to think that this supplied enough holy power to ignite a spiritual fire inside her. I painted “Madonna on Fire” with the same wonderment I had as a child. She’s not God but she birthed Him. How could she not glow from the inside out? I believe Mary was ablaze and that’s why, and how, I painted her.
Madonna on Fire, 2019
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International Society of Experimental Artists 2021 Exhibition
This canvas originally had a painting on it that always bothered me but was more classical and “acceptable” in style. People liked it. I recently threw every impulse I had on top of it, and completely recreated the original work. I used new materials with intensity: cold wax, handmade collage papers, torn pieces from old documents and memorabilia, and textured mediums. I don’t have a focal point: naughty. I used black and texture liberally: intrusive. There are so many things I was trained to do that I threw out. No one conventional would even consider hanging it on their wall. I was asked why I didn’t make it look real and keep it the way it was. Why? Because I will vomit if I stick with what’s expected for even a second longer. I just can’t do it anymore. Impulse is telling me that it’s time to investigate, explore, and break the rules. I let loose when I made this painting. It will likely lead to little approval, but at least I am satisfied.
Go Back, Move Forward, 2020
Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI
Exhibit Opens on September 3rd, 2021
Las Laguna Gallery International Exhibition, 2021
I peer into the oven where my father kept the cookies. I hear the squeak of the oven door opening. I smell chocolate and vanilla. This magical oven and its magical cookies are stuff long forgotten. I reach to seize it and remember. I paint and then go forward to “What’s Next.”
Stuff Long Forgotten, 2021
Edward A. Dixon Gallery Juried Exhibition, 2021
I paint what fascinates me. I explore memories. I find joy in the present moment. I paint it as I see it. It all makes my “Right Now” a good place to be.
I Find Joy, 2021
SHCA 2020 Artist and Artisan Holiday Gallery
“My dad planted hundreds of little pine trees in his passion to preserve beauty. These trees are now happy little reminders of Dad now that he’s gone. Every little pine tree I see washes me with a little comfort and joy.”
Collection of Small Works by Alisa E. Clark, 2020
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Fantastical Flora and Fauna Regional Juried Exhibition, 2020
This space is loaded with significance. It teems with things that are deeply meaningful for me. I paint the “Space Between” what once was and now is. My studio is now full of odds and ends that I cut, glue, mix with paint, and apply to a canvas. What springs forth is my garden full of memories.
Space Between, 2020
South Haven, MI, Regional Juried Exhibition Finalist
South Haven Center for the Arts
The Color of Music Art Exhibit, 2020
I make art, and I do my best to do it my way: honestly. The more I create, the more I know my song.
I Know My Song, 2020
A show of works from across the country no larger than 10 inches in any direction.
d'Art Center National Competition, 2020
I want people to see a universe inside this painting: a universe where everyone is called to display their uniqueness and diversity. I want you to see a world where a person’s honest attempt at authenticity is held high: a place for everyone everywhere. Look. See what I see.
Norfolk, VA, National Finalist
Theme: Mental Health Awareness
39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition
As we all wait for what’s next, the present moment is causing us all anxiety and grief. We can’t even trust in simple necessities as we once did. Despite today’s realities, I have a canvas that speaks something unexpected and surprising. I have one place where hope can say, “Hello.”
39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition: Finalist, 2020
(Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Birmingham, MI)
Small Works National Juried Exhibition
323 Buena Vista, NY is about a door and the people who have entered it. Painting it helps me in my process of accepting—accepting that I won’t be able to use this door for very much longer. I paint to continue turning the knob of this door, and the knobs of the doors beyond this door, so I can see what was once on the other side. I am stuck here, so I paint it over and over and over again, so I can find my way back.
Portals- Small Works National Juried Exhibition: National Finalist, 2020
(Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY)
323 Buena Vista, NY, 2019
Yale School of Divinity Reflections Magazine Cover Art
Alisa’s work is featured on the cover of this Reflections Magazine issue. Click on this link to read the magazine’s article about the cover art: https://reflections.yale.edu/article/spirit-and-politics-finding-our-way/our-shared-hope
ECVA Exhibition: Universal Christ
This piece began as an attempt to illustrate a vision I once had. In it, Jesus showed me that despite all the voices (the voices inside my head and the voices spoken by others), I was good enough. In the vision, Jesus took me out into the water. In this moment I understood the vision was symbolic of cleansing through water and Christ’s shed blood. Jesus pushed me down under the water. I didn’t resist, because I trusted Him even though I was afraid. When I came up out of the water, I was on the other side: I was in Heaven. It was immeasurable peace to be in a place where no one judged me including myself.
I failed in all my efforts to capture the details of this vision in this painting. Instead, all you see is the water and the blood Jesus used to show me that I am not the voices I hear. This makes me think about all the judgements we make about people: whether what they believe is right or wrong and whether what they do is right or wrong. This vision I had was a real thing. It was Jesus Christ communicating with me. It really happened and it came with a message. I can still hear His voice saying, “I made you and you are mine. You are “right” no matter what anyone else says or what you believe about yourself. All this judgement and criticism the world is speaking has nothing to do with Me. I am the God of the universe and I am your God. Despite what anyone says, I made you and you are good. I say you are “right” and I don’t make mistakes.”
If Jesus says that I am NOT the voices I hear, then this is also true for others. If He says he doesn’t make mistakes, then the way he made me and you is “right.” Our beautiful variety, that the world so often tries to squelch, is good. The God of the universe made all of us and we are washed daily in His water and blood. My painting isn’t meant to speak of freedom to do wrong. We were not made to hurt others or ourselves. Instead, I meant it to speak of the freedom that we have in Christ to reflect our uniqueness. We are as unique as every possible color an artist could mix on their pallet: endless possibilities. We represent the vastness of God’s vastness. It’s why we are different in how we look, how we think and how we choose to live our lives. In our uniqueness we represent Him well. We are part of His universe and He is our Christ.
Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: https://ecva.org/exhibition/universal-christ/exhibit29-aclark.html
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Part of His Universe, 2019
ECVA Exhibition on Worship
Artist’s Statement: Greek by descent and Greek Orthodox by baptism, I learned early on that Mary has special power. In the Orthodox Church, Mary is given the title “Theotokos” which is Greek for “Birth-giver-of-God.” That phrase in itself is power packed. I was spiritually educated in Catholic schools, where I spoke the words “blessed art thou among women” enough times to continue believing in the holy power of Mary’s blessedness. My early fascination with her has stuck. I am enraptured by the idea that Mary carried God incarnate inside her womb. I like to think that this supplied enough holy power to ignite a spiritual fire inside her. I painted “Mary on Fire” with the same wonderment I had as a child. She’s not God but she birthed Him. How could she not glow from the inside out? I believe she was ablaze and that’s why, and how, I paint her.
Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: https://ecva.org/exhibition/worship/exhibit14-AClark.html
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Madonna On Fire, 2019
ECVA Exhibit on Suffering
Artist Statement: I am uncomfortable about what my dad did as a scientist. He was a good man. He was a loving father. He made personal sacrifices to help others. However, he brought living things suffering. What if the price of his research was more than a rat? Maybe there were monkeys suffering in one of his labs, but I just didn’t see them on Take Your Child to Work Day? Does this make a difference? Where do we draw the line? What my dad and other scientists did came with a price, and we didn’t pay it.
In fact, we don’t suffer as much because of it. Would I want a person with rheumatoid arthritis to give up their pain relievers so fish, mice, rats and monkeys don’t have to pay the price? I’m not sure what God would want, but I know that I keep taking ibuprofen when I need it. When my child is in pain, I offer it to them. This is why we don’t suffer and I reticently admit that I am grateful. I use my paintbrush to capture it all: both the good and the bad. I accept the tension and I share it on my canvas.
Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: http://ecva.org/exhibition/Suffering/exhibit68-AClark.html
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Why We Don’t Suffer, 2019
ECVA Exhibit on Telling God Stories
Artist’s Statement: I’m revisiting this piece of art because my childhood home is up for sale. In a few months I can go back to 323 Buena Vista Road through art I’ve made, but never again will I be able to visit my birthplace as it once was. That’s why, even though this exhibit is from the ECVA Archives, it speaks to me today.
The collage elements inside this artwork belong to me. I did not use someone else’s content to share on this canvas. I needed it to be this way. I needed every word and image to speak of my story. In the background are images from my past: art I made about my life and my experiences.
The images are all of things that matter deeply to me. In the foreground, you will see the wrought iron bed from my parents’ bedroom. It now sits empty, but there were 60 years of them sleeping in it together. Only God can make that happen. My story is always about the way God is always in my story. Look and you will find Him. He is covering every inch of my canvas.
Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: http://ecva.org/exhibition/Telling_God_Stories/exhibit41-AC01.html
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ECVA Intersections, 2012
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ECVA Justice and Peace Exhibit, 2010
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MEA Art Acquisitions Juried Exhibit
2013 (East Lansing, MI)
Small Matters of Great Importance
2000 (Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY)
Snow Den Gallery
Works on Exhibit, 1998 (West Dover, VT)
Art in Bloom Juried Exhibition
1996 (Hopper House, Nyack, NY)
Works on Exhibit, 1996 (West Dover, VT)
30 Bond Street
Works on Exhibit, 1994-1995 (New York, NY)
Art on the Common Juried Exhibition
Honorable Mention, 1995 (Highland Mills, NY)