A Million Trillion Gazillion
Julia Rosa Clark
In A Million Billion Gazillion, Clark takes a comical look at local and global progress. She makes new representations of the explosion of information and the ephemeral nature of knowledge systems. The highly decorative artworks were created through a process of obsessive collecting, shredding, sorting and collage. The idealised world as shown in old children's encyclopaedias is recycled and re-formed into new relationships that humorously critique the forces that shaped the construction of Clark's worldview. Central to the process is the artist's collaboration with various hot young assistants. This takes place at 'cutting parties', where - amidst blaring music - beer is consumed and hundreds of second hand books, magazines and bits of coloured paper are cut to pieces, coloured with Artliner or covered with glitter. These cut outs then become a central part of the works, whose forms lightly reference educational charts, diagrams and models. Various everyday materials are included in the final pieces including polystyrene, confetti, nylon ribbon, wrapping paper, florescent ink and stickers. The pieces û hanging, standing, wall and floor - will form a rich, eccentric environment in the gallery space that promises a visual mash-up of party decor and school classroom.
Julia Rosa Clark at João Ferreira, by Kim Gurney, ArtThrob Issue No. 84, August 2004