“I feel more and more every day, as my imagination strengthens, that I do not live in this world alone but in a thousand worlds. No sooner am I alone than shapes of epic greatness are stationed around me and serve my spirit.” (John Keats. Oct 1818)
In 2007-08 I made a piece of work titled “One Thousand Worlds”, a singular piece made up of 1000 parts. “Worlds After One Thousand” has come about since then. It is a series of small modified mono-prints. Although they are numbered they do not necessary belong in numerical order. There is no ultimate numerical boundary to the series, it is open-ended, potentially innumerable.
At the eastern edge of the Atlantic, the sea, that large reflective surface, turns itself to sky before my eyes; its fish shine like mirrors and the rocks glitter so as to dissolve and become light. As I work here the usual habit of separating, categorizing and naming falls away in such a full-hearted way, that all becomes all, becomes one, quite effortlessly.
There is another space I work in, on the left side of that ocean when looking north, down in the earth, between old concrete and iron, just below Manhattans sound and movement, that reflects also. Potent missives from active energies seep in there to tell the invisible about the indivisible. Thus, the work is, at it's barest, a record of elapsed time within specific environments. It begins when I release myself from striving; occupy my body in the space of the world; observe phenomena and sensory input; then act with attention to the surface before me.
Artist Bio / CV
Nuala Clarke lives and works in New York City and Ballycastle Co. Mayo. Educated at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, she moved to New York City in 1993. In September of 2007, she received a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation located in the west of Ireland where she returns every year to work. Clarke has exhibited in group exhibitions in Dublin, continental Europe and the US. She has been represented by Boltax Gallery, NY since 2005. In 2008 she curated a show titled Border Walls, 6 women artists from the US, Mexico, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland and Ireland who live next to and make work dealing with separation barriers. In 2008, Clarke co-founded, and performed happenings with Global Lawnchair Unit. This year she showed with fellow Irish American artists in a show titled; Amid a Space Between: Irish Artists in America at the SFMoMa Artists Gallery, San Francisco and performed a piece titled “Fair Shouldered One” with collaborator Crystal Gandrud at La Sorbonne in Paris at the &Now literary Festival. Upcoming show; 2013, at the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo, Ireland.