Clarke, Mia Barkan
Title Tea with Nana: Paintins & Poems
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition New
Type Poetry & Art
Size 6 1/8 x 9 1/8"
Publisher Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2009
0893044784 / 978-0-89304-478-7
Illustrator Mia Barkan Clarke
Seller ID CCC962.2
TEA WITH NANA is a book of paintings and poems, created throughout the life of woman, who from an early childhood on Long Island, was surrounded by the paintings of her artist mother and the poetry books of her poet-publisher father. This book is an exploration of her inner and outer mind, local and international, through English and several other languages (Hebrew, French, Italian). In a very real sense this book is a cross-cultural journey from birth and childhood, girlhood, teenhood, to maturation as a extraordinarily sensitive and thoughtful woman, a lover-wife and a a mother, as well as a daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, sister, daughter-in-law, cousin, friend, teacher, and therapist. Her range is from Eve to Sister of the World, from her Jewish culture, through the world cultures that include the Armenian, the Sicilian, and the Blackfoot. This book is an exploration of Woman in all her phases and history, from the Beginning to the Present with a view towards the Future. In a very real sense this book is the saga of a woman who is Everywoman. Mia Barkan Clarke is a working artist and a NYS Licensed, Registered & Board-Certified practicing Creative Arts Therapist. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Styling, specializing in Woven Design and an Associates Degree in Textile/Surface Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC). Mia has been an instructor of Art Therapy at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, and has lectured at Hofstra University and Touro College. Mia is the author of My Sacred Circle Mandala Journal--a creative workbok for self-discovery and exploration consisting of 28 different Mandala directives, including a Recovery Mandala and a Stress-Be-Gone Mandala. Mia lectures and runs workshops about Mandalas and Expressive Weaving (Mia's specialty) within her practice and for various conference venues. Mia is multilingual (Italian, French, Hebrew) whose poetry has been published nationally and internationally, including (USA) Lips, The New Scribes, (UK) Poetry Monthly, and (Wales) The Seventh Quarry. As a working atist, Mia has illustrated multilngual poetry books for the international literary-arts publisher Cross-Cultural Communicaions, has had a number of commissions for her paintings locally and abroad, and has exhibited her work at a number of venues, including a mother-daughter show exhibited at The Stage Gallery, The Howland Cultural Center, Mallette Gallery, and The Paterson Museum. Mia has developed several series, including Sisters of the World and Inner Face. Sisters of the World series, in mixed-media--oil sticks, acrylic, pen & ink, watercolor gouche--explores the relationship among he vast variety of ethnic, national, spiritual and religious, folkloric, mythical, and biblical women. This concentration is a celebration of the sisterhood of all women--how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go. As a multilingual speaker, Mia has been able to probe beneath the surface of a number of cultures. Mia's textile background is clearly evident in her painting. Her inspiration comes from motifs in ethnic designs, ancient interiors, peasant garments, and ornate architecture, and from nature. The artist introduces the many sides of herself, as well as all women through the Sisters of the World series, demonstrating the deep complexitiy and conflict within every woman, hence honoring, embracing, and celebrating the differences within the feminine spirit. Sisters of the World invites the viewer to extend oneself into the pysche of women past, present, and even future. Mia's Sisters of the World paintings have been published in the Paterson Literary Review. Inner Face is a series of drawings and paintings based on her response to working with clients in an acute in-patient psychiatric hospital facility. Mia, both artist and art therapist, emphasizes the importance of self-expression through the arts and practices what she preaches. Mia has shown Inner Face in several solo exhibitions.
Poetry & Art, Woman Poet & Artist