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Sharks* and Tiny Elephants and Balloons Plus Mailboxes

I owned a small iridescent elephant.

On Monday, January 28, 2013, Crystal Gandrud wrote:

The photo with the red string looks like a black dog with iridescent eyes in a bathtub.

[Commentary: neither of us remembers what photo is being referred to.]

Had the most amazing dream last night that a shark sprang out of the parquet floor and bit Christopher’s hand while we were serving people at a dinner party—it might have been Thanksgiving. He didn’t mind, nor was he even freaked out about it, but I was traumatized! He told me that he found it hard to believe I did not know that there was ocean under the living room.

Then I dreamt that I owned a small black elephant.

(Some people say PMS doesn’t exist. Those people are men.)

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Nuala Clarke responded:

one of my most amazing feeling dreams was one in which I owned a small iridescent elephant.

it suddenly flew out of the tin American mailbox and landed in the palm of my shaking hand. I held it out and looked at it. it was glittery pink, then grey, then white as it flew up into the perfectly blue sky

(so odd when other people in our dreams act so differently from us, being unfazed as we’re feeling shock.)

A year later, on September 28, 2014, when I asked Nuala about the dream she wrote:

I didn’t remember it flying away but now that you say that, I think it did. I’ve been thinking about this dream a lot. Whatever happened in it my therapist thought it was very significant. It was a very pure, colourful dream. Lots of optimism.

On November 7, 2014, I was having breakfast with Anna and she told me this dream:

Many tiny black balloons were flying out of a mailbox. I was nervous because they might choke the children at the party.


As a child I frequently dreamt that a water tower full of sharks burst and flooded the world. The unleashes sharks set about eating everyone. Later, I heard that sharks eat each other in the womb and that only one or two of many are eventually born. Survival of the nastiest.

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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1) a title

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