Maxwell’s Lair departs from the life and works of Martha Maxwell, a peripatetic 19th century taxidermist who shot and stuffed all the specimens for her museum in Colorado. This museum was later expanded into a massive “installation” at the Philadelphia Centennial Fair in 1876. Through the duration of the fair, the artist herself lived in a tiny cave underneath the massive rocky outcropping covered by taxidermy animals in action poses. Like Clark’s other projects based on the works of nineteenth-century women scientists and naturalists, Maxwell’s Lair is not about illustrating Maxwell’s life or her work. Instead, it is an attempt to get at the dynamics of her scientific investigation and highlight a stranger’s more fluid natural world.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emilie Clark is a New York artist who works in drawing, painting, installation and writing. In 2012-2013 she will be having solo shows at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee. In New York, she is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, where she exhibited Sweet Corruptions this past fall. In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Her residency culminated in an exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory. She was included in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Biennial Art on Paper in 2010, in addition to several other group shows. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Bomb, Printed Project and Cabinet Magazine, and has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Week, and The Village Voice and Time Out New York. Emilie Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner award and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship.