Limerick, Ireland
Staffan Nihlén, Rising, 2009, stone sculptures, various dimensions

Staffan Nihlén

b. 1929, Sweden

Forget the calculated ‘current’; it disappears, fizzles out. To make art requires another level. Through a body, what I am, is always something else, something beyond, ungraspable, yet still crystal clear.

The work space is beside the River Shannon. The dark limestone fills the room with its tone when I arrive in the morning. The stones convey an expression and emotional density, where Wallace Stevens’ poems – now taking up my attention – enrich my vision. The Limerick Suite comes about as if without my participation – the same bliss as in the first childhood paintings. Anticipated the urge and desire.

(Text: e v+ a – matters catalogue, 2010)

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