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David Bowie and Hair

I was going on a date with David Bowie. I had a hard time figuring out what to do with my hair.

Anna: I had a dream (Friday? Saturday?) that I was going on a date with David Bowie. I had a hard time figuring out what to do with my hair. I was in a rush, and it wouldn’t DO anything. I ended with a sort of poufy up-do, topped with a Victorian hat to keep it reigned in.

It was weird that I was going on a date with Mr. Bowie, because one) he’s dead, and two) he just called out of the blue and I didn’t know him at all.

We met in a courtyard, like in Spain or Rome, and I was barely late. He had a lot of people with him—not really an entourage, more just a group of friends, which was kind of strange but they made it much less stressful for me. Keith Richards was there but I didn’t recognize him at all. People on the street kept yelling out, “Keith! Keith!”

Bowie seemed annoyed by this, not because he wanted the attention, but because people were yelling. I didn’t think the date was going well. I still wasn’t sure why he had called since he wasn’t paying that much attention to me.

Then David [her husband] woke me up.

Nuala: (Perhaps she could have done what I did with my hair in my dream last night…)

I was at a café table down an alleyway in Venice. I was making silver foil into pointy triangular shapes. I looked up to see Ziggy Stardust sitting opposite me so I smoothed a piece of foil into my hair on both sides just above my ears. It pushed the hair up and flattened the sides. Ziggy smiled and said it looked great. I turned around to examine my reflection in the window of the café and was surprised to see that it did look good!

Dream of the Drawing for Everything alchemies dream-like things: images and texts and films and sketches and philosophy and half-thoughts and visions and moments and fragments of all kinds. Resting and exploring here may deepen your relationship with the oneiric and, therefore, all apparent reality. Resting and exploring here may augment your psyche’s healing tendency—as Jung called it—through highlighting and delighting in humanity’s hallucinatory creations. (Without them, after all, neurologists assure us we would go starkers.) It is time there was a potentially infinite, intimate museum to what cannot be seen. Welcome to the museum.

Dream of the Drawing for Everything is some of the collaboration between artist Nuala Clarke & writer Crystal Gandrud. Our work arises out of what dances on the edges of perception and our collective attention gravitates to the dream-like nature of human experience. We have been in collaboration since 2010. Our merged practices of visual and textual art unfold on a continuum, as part of an interconnected series evolving over time. Both performed “Fair Shouldered One” (a book which is not a book) at the &Now Literary Festival in Paris, 2012 and installed “Between Spaces”, a Yeats inspired dreamscape at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, 2013. Most recently participated in the Find Arts Project in Castlebar, Ireland. Our public art installation of words and images printed on linen, “Woven Found”, hung on Castle Street. The project won the best commissioning practice award from Allianz Business to Arts, 2014.

Nuala Clarke

Nuala Clarke, visual artist, lives and works between Co. Mayo and New York City. Educated at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, she moved to New York City in 1993. In September 2007, she received a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo and began returning to Ireland from NY to work every year. Clarke has been represented by Boltax Gallery, NY since 2005. Recent shows include, Amid a Space Between: Irish Artists in America at the SFMoMa Artists Gallery, San Francisco, (2012); to Tremble into Stillness, a WB Yeats related show at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; RHA invited artist; and A drawing for Everything, Ballinglen Arts Foundation (2013). BLINK, a public art installation at the Westport Arts Festival, Co. Mayo (2014). Upcoming shows (2015): Impressions of Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; Of this place, Sligo and Madrid.

Crystal Gandrud

Crystal Gandrud, writer, lives in New York City and Normandy, France. She holds an MFA, Creative Writing and a BFA, Classical Theatre. Recent publications include “Yeatsian: Numberless Dreamers,” The Encyclopedia Project, 2014, “Here,” Lost Magazine, and “Idiom: Woodbird Flies Early,” The Encyclopedia Project. Her dissertation, “Murdoch: the Mandala Maker,” was presented at Kingston University’s Iris Murdoch Conference (2006), London. At the most recent Murdoch Conference, she performed a multi-media excerpt from a work-in-progress entitled “The Forgotten Man,” inspired by Murdoch’s philosophical writings. She is under contract for a memoire entitled “Astonishment: A Litany of the Uncanny.”

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