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Asiya Clarke
(61 years old. Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: St Albans)
Goldsmiths

Before coming to college my work was concerned with spirituality. I follow a Sufi path which involves purification of the self in order to uncover the Divine essence I am interested in how the display of internal body organs has a sobering effect on us. I have been working spontaneously and intuitively transforming found objects and detritus into body parts. As one of my tutors put it, I'm exploring "the elegant flip flop from the category of material to the category of the body." The work has more to do with feeling than idea. I experiment in search of the gut response which indicates I'm on the right track. Being confronted with body parts compels one to empathise, it could be with the humour or the pathos of the plight of the individual as he or she she struggles towards achieving a resolution or a state of completion.
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According to Sufi teachings, for the real self to be revealed there must be a death of the ego, and this can be experienced through states or stations, which have been identified and documented over the centuries. I have been concerned with the mortality and the ephemeral, which obviously refers to physical death, but can be seen as a metaphor for the death of the ego.
My degree show ‘Die before you die’ reflects the absurdity of the human condition. I now want to focus on our need to improve ourselves, to uncover the essential and our longing for transformation.
I would like to continue working with found objects and materials and referencing body parts and to introduce imaginary elements in a way that I can’t do with sculpture. Using the forms I have made as a starting point for a series of drawings and montages, and with a view to animation, to explore the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sad or ecstatic states of human transformation.

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