Baya Clare was born in Missouri in 1959, and later spent 16 years living in Colorado. She has been in Minnesota since 1986, and has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet (a Catholic nun) since 1998. In addition to her work as an artist and writer, she teaches in a federal prison in southern Minnesota.
“I think I may have been born clutching a crayon, I’m not sure.If not, I’m fairly certain I picked one up not long after. These days I’m using fancy art markers and technical pens, but the impulse is still the same. Drawing helps me understand what I see; it’s also a way to celebrate the intricacies and beauties of whatever is in the vicinity.
We humans can get stuck in some pretty mean and monotonous dead ends sometimes. I think my work as an artist – the work of all artists – is to challenge and question those, to push the walls out so light and delight can get back in and we can remember who and what we really are. We can be generous. We can live together peacefully. Everyone can flourish; everyone is meant to flourish.
My drawings begin in a kind of contemplative gaze that looks for the surprise and delight inherent in the common details of life and living. I look to draw out and onto paper those small patterns that permeate everything.
I hope that my work brings you joy and flourishing. That is its purpose.”
Contact Baya via email at bayathread (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Baya’s work is also available through the Buttonwood Art Space in Kansas City, Missouri.