Tennessee artist Charles Clary uses bright, primary, and often neon colors that could be mistaken as simply playful in another context. But while Clary wants his art to invite playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world, his art does much more than that.
Even though he received his BFA and MFA in painting, Clary has worked primarily with paper art in his professional artistic career. He makes his pieces by cutting hundreds of pieces of paper by hand and gluing the pieces together in intricately detailed patterns. From afar, each piece appears to have a living story, and rightly so: Clary’s inspiration and motivation comes from both emotional events - such as the death of his parents - and the interpretive, what he calls “the visual representation of sound waves.”