|Information about Native Marcus
Clarke - Self Portrait.
Looking at the
Photograph. A fair
few ideas came through my head for Puppetising it on Canvas. They
revolved around me drawing a very large Dali style Mustache on my face.
Dada and obvious I thought. In my local Oxfam Charity Shop I found two
Tortoise and Rabbit
Toys. I thought them emblematic and appropriate to add to my picture.
My Creative life has
been more of a Tortoise like test of endurance than anything else. With
occasional spurt of Hare like progress. At this point I was reminded
British Comedian Hancock had said “endurance is more important than
Adding these Toys to my self portrait alone seemed a bit worthy and
un-anarchic though. So I contemplated what it was I was trying to
achieve with this
Puppetised ‘Self Portrait’. (Always a good idea.) An emotive image yes.
else? Self-expression and? Credibility. That’s what I seek the most at
moment. I want the Art of Puppetry and indeed my own Contemporary
Artwork to be
taken seriously. Hilarious! What could be funnier and better then, than
to present myself as a Clown? I thought of putting myself
in a Fez. But Tommy Cooper is an iconic British Comedian with real
and status. Could be ironic? Nah. Then I remembered that with my
Curly Hair people had once compared me with Harpo Marx. Perfect! I
Curly Wool in a Box that I had dyed bright Yellow and bought an Air
Horn to add
to my Picture. I needed something to foreshorten and funny up my legs?
on my feet? I found some Small Spat like shoes in a prop Box in the
Something though was still missing? My wife and creative partner Helena of course! Helena comes from Lyme Regis which as it happened we were about to visit at the time of me creating this work. I found a small Native North American Doll in a Lyme Charity Shop. This represents Helena perfectly. For lots of reasons. Also Native American Girls have always been iconic and special to me. I lived with a Native family as a small child in Canada. No self portrait of me would be complete without Helena and here she is represented perfectly. ‘Native Marcus Clarke’ by Marcus Clarke