Rasselas and Imlac in the Happy Valley
Rasselas and Imlac in the Happy Valley is the title of a series of 2012 bronzes which developed through and out of a series of drawn studies and portraits in oil of skulls, begun by Clarke in 2007. Each sculpture in the edition of seven – variously in painted and patinated bronze – has two cast bronze skulls nested within Clarke's signature line, set on a bronze plinth. They form part of the body of 'drawings in the air', bronzes produced using the lost-wax technique which translate his calligraphic line into three dimensions. The work was created in an edition of 7 unique variants in painted or patinated bronze, each measuring 34 x 49 x 42 cm.