Special Collections: Thomas A. Clark

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Thomas A. Clark (1944-) was born in Greenock, near Glasgow and has been publishing poetry since the 1960s.

In 1973 he founded the Moschatel Press with his partner Laurie Clark, originally as a vehicle for small publications by artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jonathan Williams, and Simon Cutts. Soon however, Moschatel developed into a means for Clark to investigate the formal concerns of his own poetry. He and Laurie began to produce small artists’ books and cards in which the page becomes a framing device, and the turning of these pages a possibility for narrative. Moschatel is named after Adoxa Moschatellina, a plant known colloquially as Town Clock.

Clark’s work has always responded to place and the natural landscape, particularly around Pittenweem in Fife where he and Laurie run the Cairn Gallery, one of Scotland’s earliest artist-run spaces. In addition to his artist’s books, Clark also produces multiples and site-specific installations in galleries, gardens and landscapes.

We hold a collection of over 150 artists’ books and other publications by Thomas A. Clark and Laurie Clark.