While working in France, I reached a point at which I felt compelled to seek out new influences and inspirations.  In 1996, I moved to New York City, and it made me want to forget everything I knew about art and start over.  My previous work in France was mostly on large canvases and consisted of an accumulation of actions, layering colors with differently-sized brushes, stroke-over-stroke until the moment the image was right. I felt the energy of New York City and was inspired by its diversity, its complexity and the sprawl of its urban landscape. I felt nurtured by this energy and began to create art with a new intention. I made art by building, or piling, opposite forms such as a vertical line over a horizontal line – over and over with different colors and brushes on limited paper size to control myself. Through my daily practice, I produced thousands of drawings that expressed a building up of these opposite actions and tensions.


I continue to work on canvas, wood, paper and Plexiglas. I build images systematically on flat colored surfaces, using very precise forms and colors of different weights which are placed together to create a perfect, yet precarious, balance. I enjoy exploring new materials and working with color and form, using rigid lines to playfully create three-dimensional effects on a flat surface. I like to challenge myself through daily practice.







Awards, Public Arts




©Copyright - Soonae Tark