A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE
A FILMIC STUDY ON THE NATURE OF GRIEF
Each STANZA expresses a distinct 'world' or phase within the landscapes of grief.
stand at the edge
While Spiderflower works with earth-engaged performance research, HOLLOW is the only stanza set within an environment devoid of any natural connection.
Stanza 1 explores the surface layer of how we, as a western culture, largely present and deal with grief. Which, for the most part, is to limit expression.
Dedicate to where we are disconnect and grief is actively suppressed, HOLLOW journeys into that state of being where tensions polarise between internalised sorrow and the veneer of held expression.
HOLLOW reflects on how isolation and separation impact us, and looks to the issue of how disconnection effects our experience and behaviour as human beings through the journey of grief.
I am afraid.
I do not know
how far I will fall.
How fast I will fall.
Stanza 2 explores the nature of the threshold (the meeting place between worlds or realities), our relationship with it and how it exists within different time frames (eternal or momentary).
While the world turns
and eats itself alive,
the stale breath of slow suicide hangs low in the air.
Let me wind a necklace of black jet and raven hair.
SNOT journeys through and beyond the THRESHOLD into the realm of grief that remains hidden and unexpressed.
Stanza 3 specifically travels into the unacceptable, grotesque face of sorrow and is anchored in exploring the unknown. As we stay with what is raw and honest, the relationship between grief and time become more apparent.
We find the dynamics of grief are at once ancient, yet impact the future as they give rise to rebirth and new life.
This one shall love.
This one shall break.
This one shall hold
SEA follows the story seeded in SNOT of our relationship with the future children, and has been filmed almost entirely underwater.
Through immersion, SEA lifts us though the tenderness, grace and vulnerability we experience when grief becomes transparent enough to reveal the love within.
For these times. In these times.
My ultimate focus was to inhabit the element of SALT as deeply as I could, and remain in dialogue.
A powerful synchronicity swept through real time, the landscape, the body and life as it happens to deliver the of starkest mirrors. Breathtaking beauty - alongside - gut wrenching reflections of bone dry death, decay and the cruelty of human nature fell into the frame.
SALT tells a story of ostracised grief.
RAIN ON EARTH
Did you forget us?
RAIN ON EARTH, sits as stanza 6.
It bears simple witness to the human form as it exists
within the landscape as time passes.
It is our (unexpected) ending.