ShadowLight (2013)

ShadowLight, 2013, 03:21, animation by Svetlana Sobchenko, music by Lisa O’Neil, production by George Brennan.

In ShadowLight themes of watching and being watched are presented to the spectator through a non-narrative sequence which hints at the private ethereal existence of spaces independent of us. How does the feeling or knowledge of being watched distort how we behave? Light and shadow play, pattern and effects on glass create an additional visual plane for the viewer sometimes at harmony with the images in the shots and at other times in conflict. The intent is to blur the lines between apparent reality and created fantasy, to look further into what appears straightforward at first glance.

Peripheral (2019)

Peripheral, 2019, 03:24, music by Lisa O’Neill and Christophe Capewell 

The protagonist in Peripheral is the artist who is continually searching for a sense of place, physically and metaphorically, often on the fringes of society. Being of no perceived economic value or use to the majority, but instead considered surplus to requirement, the artist abides.  

This work was made in response to thinking of the position of women in fine art and in particular of 17th century artist Lavinia Fontana (whose subjects included the hirsute Queen of Sheba and the sitter Antonietta Gonzalez, whose genetic hypertrichosis led to comparisons in literature to that of a dog).

Imagining myself as a dog-woman excluded from society and unable to find a place to stop and rest, I filmed myself walking the double yellow lines at the road margin wearing a screen-print composite of my own head of hair with that of my dog.

Filmed in Super 8 through the course of a hot summer’s day, this footage is accompanied by a digitally filmed element of my printed sculptural works representing abandoned domestic spaces which blur and focus in a surreal and accusatory dialogue with the artist.