August 4, 2017 - March 5, 2018
Philadelphia artist Jacintha Clark is influenced by her work in architectural conservation and the historical narratives unique to each environment. As an artist whose primary medium is porcelain, Clark reimagines and recreates scenarios that she says "focus on memory and nostalgia for a specific moment and place." Through her research about historical events and locations she studies related objects and documents and accurately replicates them in porcelain.
Clark's installation Wrinkled Blue is inspired by the USS Olympia, the oldest steel warship afloat in the world and the only surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War. Olympia was decommissioned in 1922 and has been part of Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, since 1996. Clark describes Wrinkled Blue, "it is about the history of a ship, a structure of naval architecture, and its turbulent and poetic relationship with the sea."
The objects and documents featured within this life-sized diorama include handmade porcelain navigational tools—compass, telescope, and sextants—letters, drawings, notes, and charts. Clark's collection of naval artifacts and navigational ephemera are a remembrance of a specific time period and place. By using white porcelain, Clark has created a moment that seems frozen in time like stone replicas forever preserved.