I've made a lot of sculpture over the years. I don't really have any specific materials that prefer to work with. When asked about my medium, my response is "kitchen sink".
Below are some selections from my sculptural works.
"Continuum Basket: Pivat" 2020
1,840 Crushed Aluminum Beer and Soda Cans
96"x 96"x 14"
In this work Clarke arranged crushed aluminum beer and soda cans in traditional motifs inspired by two historic Cahuilla baskets held in the Palm Springs Art Museum’s permanent
collection. Clarke honors the legacy and process of Cahuilla basket makers who gather materials from the environment, but injects a contemp
"Enduring Traditions" 2016
120"x 72" x 72"
This sculpture represents the Cahuilla people and their long held basket making tradition. As a member of a basket making family, I have first hand knowledge of their beauty, utility and symbolic importance to the Cahuilla people.
126"x 36"x 36"
Powder Coated Steel and Aluminum
A sculptural recreation of a Yucca Whipplei (Panu'ul") that is important to traditional Cahuilla Culture.
"Peon Players" 1999/2019
Terra Cotta and Found Blanket
The work is an homage to the traditional gambling game played by many Southern California Tribal communities.
14"x 10"x 6"
Bronze with Ferric Oxide Patina
"Manifest Destiny" 1998
Found Objects including a gum ball machine, cowboy hat, plastic capsules, vinyl text and dollar bills.
This sculpture features a working gum ball machine that allows the viewer to "purchase" part of the work. While dollar bills appear inside the machine, consumers actually get a small printed definition of Manifest Destiny.
Here's a time lapse of the creation of "Continuum Basket: Creation". It was made with over 2000 crushed aluminum cans. The video does not include my fabrication of the welded aluminum armature.