July 18, 2014 | 2168 views
Portrait of a Merrick artist and poet
“I’m really a dichotomous person living in one body,” said Mia Barkan Clarke, a Merokean who has been creating art for more than 20 years.
Barkan Clarke recently presented an exhibition and poetry reading titled “Freya’s Tears” at the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts gallery in Sayville. She has worked on the series since 2011 and is expected to publish the book of her drawings and poetry within the next few months.
Describing herself as “a Jewish, Norse-driven, neo-pagan naturalist with a little bit of Wicca sprinkled on top,” Clarke has versatility not only personally, but artistically as well. She is a poet, an artist and a licensed creative art therapist.
Her father is a poet and publisher of Cross Cultural Communications. To date the company has published 350 to 400 books in more than 50 languages. Her mother is a professional painter, drawer and soft sculptor.
“I was exposed to the arts my whole life here in Merrick, which is a bit of a desert for creativity,” said Clarke. “But if you look for it, you could find it, and fortunately I grew up in it.”