Image by Joanna Hill
Cutting, ripping, prizing open, dripping.
Anticipation, desire, denial, indulgence.
Food is part of our everyday lives, woven into a complex set of needs,
behaviours and rewards. Oysters and Pomegranates are two 3 screen videoworks.
It is my intention to reflect our different relations to food –
form, colour, texture, the physicality of handling – and making
connections with myth, memory and personal experience.
I work in moving image, fusing the traditional with the contemporary,
and drawing inspiration from Dutch and Spanish schools of still life
painters from the 17th Century and experimental film.
Often taking a still life painting as a starting point, the material
base of life that is constantly overlooked. The videoworks portray food,
objects, acts and gesture to reflect an interior world of feelings,
experience and memory.
I reconstruct still life scenarios of fruit, vegetables, the corner
of a table and film them to introduce an element of movement - the luscious
interior of a pomegranate, the menacing act of cutting, oysters laid
open in their beauty and ugliness, water dripping from ice - life is
injected into the traditionally still genre. Creating pieces that are
both vested with memory and the past, and touched with signifiers of
modernity, supermarket labels on the fruit and other obvious signs of
Through working in the medium of moving image, I aim to make some transformation
and create a contemporary reading of the issues at play. I’m interested
in the relationship between still and moving, and how this reflects
and influences our perception of time and space and a space for projection
or reverie. It is my desire to keep the viewer in a state of being and
take pleasure in the moment.