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Personal life and educationEdit

Marsia Alexander-Clarke was born in Valparaiso, Chile[1] in 1939 and moved to the United States to attend high school in 1952,[3] eventually becoming a United States citizen. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Park College, and studied at the Art Students League of New York under Ethel Schwabacher from 1962 to 1968. She finalized her education by getting her Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School in 1974.[1] She lives and works in Altadena, California.[3]

Artistic careerEdit

Still shot of High Flyin' Bird by Alexander-Clarke, 2002, single-channel video.

Alexander-Clarke started her artistic career as a sculptor in the 1970s and 80s. Her primary sculptures of this time were called "Nomadic". She would install these sculptures in nature, documenting them and then exhibiting them in galleries calling their gallery placement "dormant." These "nomadic" pieces were made of brown wrapping paper and tape, and eventually out of wood and canvas. Through these works, Alexander-Clarke explored ideas of process art, anthropology, and packaging. In the early 1990s Alexander-Clarke became involved in video art. She was active in Studio X, a production company based in California. In 1997 she had her first video exhibition, S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G, at El Camino College and the California Museum of Photography.[4] Her work is held in public and private collections, including International Paper.[1]

Notable exhibitionsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Marsia Alexander-Clarke (2003). "Resume". Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Marsia Alexander-Clarke (2018). "Marsia Alexander-Clarke, Video Artist". Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Participant Biographies". International Sympoisum 2006. University of California, Riverside. 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "Marsia Alexander-Clarke and Barbara Berk". Visual Arts. University of California, Riverside. 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2011.