Doop (Baptism)

Doop (Baptism)

"Doop" (Baptism) an installation of a salt crystallised 1950’s christening robe and sound piece that commemorates The North Sea Flood (Watersnoodramp) of 1953. The unexpected storm on the 1st Feb 1953 had a catastrophic impact in the Netherlands, sending many to their deaths as they slept. Warnings regarding the state of repair of the dikes following the war, had gone unheeded. The unusual weather conditions arrived in the early hours of the morning, taking the lives of many in their sleep, including a newly born baby. The sound piece of the popular Dutch lullaby, "Sleep baby sleep" is sung by a Dutch lady born in 1953.

This is the first of three pieces in a body of work in response to the Salt and Sea residency in Den Helder, Netherlands.

IMG_2942.jpg

Doop (Baptism) - installation documentation.

The following body of  3 works (Doop, 1:100,000 and Listen, were created in response to the Salt and Sea residency in Den Helder, Netherlands.

1:100,000

1:100,000

By 2050 all Dutch people, according to Dutch Government directives, must be protected against floods at a risk level of death of 1:100,000 per year. With 55% of the Netherlands at risk of flooding, from both sea and rivers the current debate on global warming and rising sea levels is critical. Dutch expertise in the areas of flood prevention and other environmental innovations is respected worldwide, however is the rest of the world taking the threat to humanity seriously enough? Have we learnt from ignoring the warnings unheeded in history, or are we do we repeat the same mistakes until it is too late? This work aims to raise questions on our personal and collective worldwide response to the global environmental crisis. As the water levels start to rise, the video piece is pierced with the sound of the warning siren heard all over the Netherlands on the first Monday of every month at 12 noon, falling into silence as we face the consequences of ignoring the critical warnings.

This is the second piece of work in response to the Salt and Sea residency in Den Helder, Netherlands.

IMG_2913.JPG

1:100,000

1:100,000 video piece.

Video documentation of installation, Den Helder, Netherlands

Conversations with the sea - Listen I and II

Conversations with the sea - Listen I and II

The third and final response to the Sea and Salt residency in the Netherlands.

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SEA

A collaborative performance by Angela Alexander-Lloyd and Susan Merrick, performance artist, London.

Live Streamed and Filmed 20-21/07/17
The Artists utilise semaphore signals to attempt to communicate to the North Sea. The following evening the artists incorporate sign language to sing lullabies back to the town. Standing on one of large dikes of Dan Helder, the ever present reminder of the precarious nature of the towns relationship to the sea. This work explores the notion of communication both in terms of transmission medium and the perceived receptiveness of the audience. Both performances were live streamed into the Gallery as a projection installation.

DSC_0157.JPG

Listen II

Susan Merrick sings lullabies to the town of Den Helder. This and Listen I were live streamed from the dike in Den Helder to the Galllery and Social Media.

Punctum installation

Punctum installation

punctum

A large multi media installation including back video projection and sound.

Punctum, as described by Roland Barthes in his iconic book Camera Lucida  as the element within a photograph that creates a psychological charge that ruptures the conscious mind of the viewer. This video piece, which is a stand alone work in its own right is part of a larger installation that extends this factor to the intense emotion turmoil experienced following loss. Research into contemporary attitudes towards death, loss and grief has exposed a society increasingly reluctant to engage in these issues which are an integral part of the human condition. Psychoanalyst and Author Darian Leader points to contemporary societies inability to process loss as they key factor behind the exponential increases in anxiety and depression.  This work intends to engage the viewer at a direct and intense level and offer a moment of mutual recognition of the debilitating trauma of loss, in an attempt to raise awareness, debate and ultimately healing.

punctum

The video piece, a standalone work in its own right, back projected on the top of the rusted steel structure as part of the sculptural 'punctum' installation.

Image 25 punctum installation.jpg
Image 24 punctum installation.jpg
Nostos Algos installation

Nostos Algos installation

The video projection installation Nostos Algos, was created with the intent of portraying the loss of cultural identity as a result of the destruction of home. Relationships and places associated with  historical identity and place consumed and destroyed by the violence of the flame.  The video originates on the destruction of a vintage photograph album, emphasising the loss of the individual as well as the memories and ties associated. The 3 dimensional aspect of the installation is captured on the projection onto a standard child's toy, the dolls house, emphasising the longing for a simple naive past. Two other symbolic references are displayed in the piece, the candle for the notion of hope and peace and the unfaltering brick wall intimating barriers and inaccessibility. Collaborative work with Visual Artist Laura Dendy.

Nostos Algos Installation video

IMG_2417.JPG
Stale Mate

Stale Mate

Public performance exploring the stigma and perception of the widow. A silent evocative piece expressing the  pain and expectations of loss and grief.

IMG_9974.jpg
IMG_9977.jpg
IMG_9984.jpg
if

if

An installation of 100 vintage handkerchiefs hand typed with the thoughts and regrets of those in mourning following a sudden loss. Dedicated to the loss of the artist's dear young friend, this piece is offered up to the public and the individual pieces intended to be taken by those who feel a resonance in the text written. I miss you Issac and think of you often.

hankystvposter3.jpg
if installation, handkerchief detail.jpeg

Manimekhala

Collaboration with Mark Small, as part of a larger collaboration of artists working in response to sound works. Invitation to intervene with the sound pieces of MA Small productions, resulted in the re-working of videos I had taken in the Far East. Manimekhala in Indic mythology is the Goddess of protection of the righteous on the seas. The piece reflects on the eternal tension between man, nature and our return to dialogue with omnipotent deities in times of travesty.

Matricide

Matricide

Matricide is the artist’s response to the loss experienced following the departure of her sons to University. Hidden in a locked cubicle in a public toilet, the sound work reveals a female sobbing quietly.   The exposed nature of the intimate and private space of the cubicle juxtaposed to the nature of a public toilet, speaks to the emotional vulnerability experienced. This piece aims to elicit base primeval concerns from the listener for the distressed female’s condition. 

IMG_2131.jpg
IMG_2450.JPG

Being Present.

Video piece that is part of a two projection feed installation. Memories from my fathers death, projected onto the bed he died on. In the background a Vanitas ensemble, a nod to the Dutch 17th Century painters, a reminder of the transient nature of the human condition.

Image 11 being present live feed clip.jpg
Imafe 12 being present Installation documentation.jpg

Vanitas

Utilising the medium of time-lapse photography, this video piece is a contemporary response to the 17th Century Dutch Vanitas epoch. This gentle reflection on the temporal nature on of the human condition, acknowledges Susan Sontag’s commentary in her much lauded book On Photography. 

 

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”Susan Sontag

Fragments installation

Fragments installation

The fragments installation explores the cycle of loss and grief inherent to the human condition. Themes of memory and letting go of the past are echoed in this silent video installtion. 

2016-04-06 16.01.47.jpg

flammam veritatis video piece

Ars Moriendi

Exploration of the medieval tale of the three kings and the three dead. Juxtaposing the death of a pauper with the famous and regal. Exploring the contemporary phenomenon of public outpouring of grief for the famous.