Work in progress. Reflecting upon change through making.
No. 1 - Ghosts. (2016)
Ghosts: length 3.21 minutes, is the final piece of moving imagery and sound from PhD research Six Fragments, a memorial to the twin towers. The imagery traces a trajectory back in time the building of the towers. Spectrality with no beginning or end, amorphously mapping a course back to their birth: Ghosts, and on into the future, where the ghost waits to take up other forms.
No. 2 - The Dead, a Sound Piece for 'ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter - Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery; September 2015- January 2016. Made for '48 Portraits.'
The Dead. Because of the time restraint and the lack of representation of women in 48 Portraits, I started simply reciting the surnames of the portrayed. Exploring the way the names felt in my mouth, and the difficulty with their pronunciation, was about the absence of women and my desire to be included. The vocals layered with recordings from exhibition openings at the Tate and the Berlin Biennale introduced more female voices, strengthening the female presence. The echo, whispers and delays that weave in and out are reminiscent of the first line of a Billy Collins poem: "The dead are always looking down on us, they say."
No. 3 - Walk and Walk, a sound piece, part of PhD research 2015.
Walk and Walk, length: 4.26 minutes, is a sound piece, which uses the echoing voice, repetition of language and word games to explore the concept of flashbacks and anchor the fragile position of remembering a traumatic event. Intentionally, overlapping language begins to make audible the idea that memory is not linear and doesn’t arise from a straightforward remembering, rather it meanders, wanders and repeats.
No. 4 - Broken. (2017)
Broken: is made up of fragments of sound and phrases of movement from the rehearsals of 'Inevitability of Change.' I wanted to describe the difficulites of connecting as a relationship falls apart. The work describes the dissolution of communication networks, and the conflict and frustration that arises from misunderstanding.
Research for 'Inevitability of Change' by choreographer/director Fin Walker & composer Ben Park Performers: Roberta Pitre, Adam Burton, Thomas Gulgec, Clemmie Svaas, Kirill Burlov. Cellist: Rebecca Jordan
No. 5 - Breathe wind into me (2017-2018) - (all screens to be viewed simultaneously)
Breathe: A multi-channel installation, about our relationship to the earth. Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, wrote about exile not as a geographic state, but something he carried within him throughout his life. In his poetry, he explores his identity as that of a stranger, remembering through the landscape, where the water symbolises hope, revives his spirit and brings life to the riverbed. His words touch upon the traumatic repercussions of inescapable exile—of a people without their land: a river without water, or a land without trees.
This work is the beginning of an exploration of the landscape as the symbolic representation of the traumatic repercussions of being exiled from one’s homeland. The displaced, unable to return, experience a life of fragmentation and dislocation. It is an examination of the yearning for the motherland as a way to research identity, loss and memory.