Conley Clark was born in America's bible belt. He engages themes related to sexuality and gender, but also class, religion, and taste. The navigation of "high" and "low" statuses is foundational to his work: rich and poor, religious and blasphemous, traditional and queer. He employs materials such as found objects, pictures, video, performance, and installation, as well as ephemera like light, sound, and smell. Currently, Conley’s work points to dominant cultural values and traditions that he grew up with, but didn't identify with. In this way, he aims to re-contextualize particular objects and images in order to produce new meanings from his perspective. Queer theory, ideas of domesticity, stereotypes, craft, and kitsch come together to influence his art and personal life.
Conley grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016. Since then, he has been actively engaged in the arts, primarily showing work in various group exhibitions. Recently, Conley attained a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently a third-year graduate student, teaching assistant, and Master of Fine Arts candidate.
Student loan payoff: $38,999.00