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Witch Trails

At first, I think I am charged with lesbianism and am unconcerned because I am confident I can ‘prove’ that I am not.

(Neither a waking nor lucid dream, but a degree to both…)


I am in a dungeon with a floor once painted blue,* now worn almost completely to the bare stone.

I know there is a giant stone man at the top of the stairs down into the dungeon and I am terrified. At first I only sense and hear him. There is a distant roaring or rushing sound which may be the sound of him or the sound of my terror or the sound of the dream itself. 1 1   I have been told that enlightenment has a sound—like a helicopter on the horizon.

Other people, mostly men, come in and out of the dungeon.

I am distracted by the action and momentarily forget about the stone man.

Then he makes his presence known by descending a few steps. I can see his legs as large as boulders on the stairs and, again, I am terrified.

Now I am alone in the dungeon with the stone man.

Again, I am distracted and forget he is there.

He comes down a few more stairs but this time he means to come down all the way. He is quickly descending and I know I must run up the other stairs on the opposite end of the room. I am in utter panic. I try to calculate if I will be able to make it in time. I do not even know if there is a door at the top of the stairs and if there is, whether it will be unlocked.

Then I think I am dreaming and what one needs to do in dreams, especially in moments of fear, is face it. I know I must turn and look. I make myself stop running for the stairs. My heart is racing.

(I do not remember if I look but I don’t think so.)

Next I am above the dungeon in a room with people. They are telling me something important but I have difficulty understanding. It takes forever to realize that I am being put on trial as a witch. Apparently, I am accused of being in league with one of the women in the room (it may be JB). At first, I think I am charged with lesbianism and am unconcerned because I am confident I can ‘prove’ that I am not.

Another woman sitting on a stone ledge slightly above the rest of us—sort of like a judge—tries to impress upon me that I do not seem to understand the seriousness of the matter. I begin to comprehend that I am not going to escape the condemnations and sentencing. It is a serious matter.

I wake with the sound of the stone man’s rushing or roaring and carry it with me all day.


* long after this dream—we discovered that the stone walls of the basement kitchen had once been painted blue when we scrap off the yellow paint

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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