The project started by the desire to share introspective moments. Exposing the unseen & the intangible through fragments of sound, sight & touch. The work focuses on the darkness, the melancholy of life—not by rejecting the light—by the realization that light can never overrule darkness. Stars emerge, they are glorified till they eventually dissipate, just like most things. The dark matter is eternal.
‘Melancholy’ is a spirit of contradictions. If it is a sense of contrast and deep duality that marks the melancholy nature, then it follows that these features must also determine the melancholy aesthetic. In writing melancholia, this sense of contrast is most clearly expressed in the use of light and dark, those shades of colour and tone most evocative in the modern literary text. It is neither light nor dark that determines the melancholy aesthetic, but rather it is the sense of unease, loss and contrast between the two.
A series of vases will showcase the duality of the darkness that lives in a melancholic body and the exposed flaunting beauty.
Materiality: Clay, representing the body, the second skin we trap ourselves in.
Inspiration: Nature, representing beauty as we have always sought it for inspiration and healing.
Accompanying the clay work an audio film will be provided. The film expresses fragments of a daily life that triggers depressive emotions. It is an immersive audio film —as opposed to visual—in order to free the audience from the confinement of space. Blurring the lines between personal memories and perception.