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Friday, May 27, 2016
Portrait of a Merrick artist and poet
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Mia Barkan Clarke, a Merrick resident and artist, in her studio with the piece entitled “Freya Flowing Bifrost.”

“Freya, I’m most proud of her,” said Clarke. “It took me until I got into my 40s, but she sums it all up.”

Describing the deity as her muse, Clarke decided to use nearly no color in the series to portray starkness and strength. The pieces are mostly pen and ink drawings of the Norse goddess of love, lust, magic, war and death.

“She is a fabulously talented woman who pursues everything with a passion,” said Clarke’s mother. “There’s nothing more I can say other than that she’s extraordinary, and that’s unbiased.”


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