Shroud n. 1. A sheetlike garment for wrapping a corpse for burial. 2. anything that conceals like a shroud. v.tr. 1. clothe (a body) for burial 2. cover, conceal, or disguise (hills shrouded in mist).
The Oxford Concise Dictionary.
Incorporating extracts from recorded conversations about the function and symbolism of the shroud within different faiths, this audiovisual piece explores the potential for the extraordinary within the everyday. Using photographic images that the artist took inside the Coffin Works of the patina developed over decades on hundreds of panes of glass, the piece re-presents details within these found objects simultaneously across four video screens, utilizing the obscured views and translucent light qualities to generate an impressionistic landscape.
The notion of partial obscurity and veiled vision intimated by the glass relates to what lies on the periphery or just outside of one’s immediate environment, evoking what is sought in life and in death.
Music. Voice. Photography. | Installation (2014)
Photographic images taken inside the dormant Coffin Works of the patina developed over generations on hundreds of panes of glass are displayed across four screens – each of which host a composed sound work. Each composition is designed to react to the acoustics of the factory interior that were captured and preserved before renovation. The glass has since been cleaned, the rooms have been upgraded. This digital gallery therefore contains the audiovisual DNA of the original site. It is both artwork and archive – what you are seeing and hearing, in essence, no longer exists outside of this piece.
The four composition/video panels from left to right are: 1. The Shroud 2. Elegy (i) violin / viola 3. Empty Buildings 4. Elegy (ii) voice
The panels are designed to be experienced both in isolation (through headphones) and also as a quadtych. Depending on which panel is focused upon, relationships can be made between the soundscapes and the images on all four panels.