Angela Verlaeckt Clark an Ottawa based stone sculptor and poet, was born in Sherbrooke Québec. Her seemingly mute stones, old from beyond time, are transformed simply by listening to the stone’s memories and sculpting. Angela sees stone as the portal to another dimension. The contemplative and physical nature of sculpting establishes a rhythm between personal strength and the strength of our wild Canadian landscape; it narrows the gap between strength and beauty.
Through the years and seeing the contribution of diverse cultures to art, Angela fashioned her belief in being true to herself.
She is particularly stimulated by the works of Anish Kapoor and Barbara Hepworth, but, moved emotionally by the work of Fukami Sueharu and Kan Yasuda. Their sculptures’ purity of line and timelessness are inspirational.
Angela exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, in the UK, and the Royal Society of British Artists UK, eventually being short-listed for membership with the prestigious group before moving to the USA.
She had her first solo and exhibited in numerous galleries in London, including Thompson’s Gallery, Marylebone High Street, London, UK.
She was admitted to the Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada in 2003.
On her return to Canada in 2009, true to her combined heritage of Native American and Belgian ancestry, Angela’s sculpture drew upon her inner stillness, observation and concentration touching upon a primal awareness. Her sculpture, combined with her poetry, became a narrative of timeless emotional dimension and a carefully negotiated earth-like landscape of elegance, strength and endurance.
Recognizing her poetry enhanced the abstract art form she favours, each sculpture is accompanied by an original poem. She has self-published a book of her poetry and sculpture entitled ‘Folds of Life’.
Angela began sculpting at L’école des métiers d’art de Québec, as a representational sculptor, moving to stone and marble abstract forms, at the Ottawa School of Art. In her quest for technique, she studied with sculptor Donald Liardi in Gananoque, John Sadler at the Ottawa School of Art and then pursued a residency in Italy, with master sculptor Gaetano Gizzi.
Creative and imaginative, Angela gravitated toward interior design at university; it taught her the need to be organized and disciplined, skills now evident in her sculpting techniques.
Angela sculptures are an expressive response of the enduring and timeless dialogue between the stone, the artist and the viewer.
In 2013, her sculpture ‘Purity’ received a distinguished award in Toronto, with the Society of Canadian Artists at the J D Carrier Gallery.
In 2015 she received the Jurors Choice Award for Sculpture at TRACES visual arts symposium.
Angela is an elected member of the Sculptors Society of Canada, an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, a member of the National Capital Network of Sculptors, AOE Arts Council and CARFAC.