Wednesday, 28 February 2001

reconcile I & II

@ ointment I, Parc Y Pratt Farm, Sir Benfro, Cymru/Wales
performance & installation

reconcile /,ri:k¥n,sail/ 1 Make friendly again after estrangement. 2 (usu. in refl. or passive; foll. by to) make acquiescent or contentedly submissive to (something disagreeable or unwelcome) (was reconciled to failure). 3 settle (a quarrel etc.). 4 a harmonize; make compatible. b show the the compatibility of by argument or in practice (cannot reconcile your views with the facts) reconcilement the bringing to agreement things at variance

Reconcile I
Installation and performance in a grain store at Parc y Pratt. The inspiration came from finding the ground of the space covered with owl pellets: a barn owl was residing in the loft of the next space. I brought together the place and the story of Blodeuwedd from the Mabinogion (ancient Welsh legends). The story of a woman created from flowers as reward for a man, who is later punished by being banished into the night as an owl. I feel she needs to be flowers and owls. I used movement and the action of sewing owl feathers and flowers onto a hanging of black silk gauze.
The installation could only be viewed in three specific ways: through the feeder hole at the bottom, climbing the vertical ladder to the top or by looking at the mirror that over hung the space.
Reconcile II
In the barn next door I sat on a stool and sewed rosebuds and owl feathers onto my fingers. There was no barrier between the audience and me in this case.

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"And the room was full of petals from skylight and rafters, and all about them a fragrance, and petals, flowers falling, broom, meadowsweet, falling, flowers of the oak."

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