On the films

 

On the films

 

The 16mm films Close to Home (1982-85) and First Memory (1980) speak slowly and are meditative. Stabat Mater (1990), “Now I am yours” (1992), The Silence is Baroque (1997) –  released by LUX in the DVD Rupture/Rapture/Jouissance – The Religious Trilogy 1990-1997  mix religious iconography introduced into experimental film.  They draw on psychoanalytic approaches to the ‘feminine’ to produce a form of heightened filmic experience. Narration and the speaking voice is combined with vocal performance.  The vocal parts in “Now I am yours” (1993) are performed by American experimental vocalist Shelley Hirsch, released on the CD States and additional parts by Diamanda Galás.

 

Temenos (1997) is sung by Sainkho Namtchylak, with additional parts by Shelley Hirsch and English soprano Catherine Bott and is released on CD by Leo Records. I Die of Sadness Crying for You (2019)  is on the women of ‘copla’,  lyrics and the expression of powerful emotions and features performances by Marifé de Triana.

 

Communion (2010) is a black and white, 35mm silent film portrait of a young girl which was photographed by master Oscar winning cinematographer Billy Williams BSC. Jennifer (2015), is a feature-length mediation on the enclosed building and an interview with Jennifer a Carmelite nun in the  Discalced Carmelite monastery in Ronda, Spain. Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara (2015-16) 16mm film is inspired by the Franciscan ideals and Roberto Rossellini’s Francesco Guillare di Dio (1950). It is also a multi media installation which includes video interviews, a 6-channel audio and a small publication about the contemplative life of the Clarissian nuns in their monastery in San Marino.

 

The Mediterranean geography, climate and the region around Gibraltar  and the south is present throughout. The epic and small geography of the Straits is the setting for Terrace (2012),  Apparitions (2013, 2017, 2018),  Meteorologies (2013, 2019) which share personal archive, photographs, novels, cinema and songs which map place as ephemeral.

 

 

 

First Memory, 1981

 

Temenos, 1997

 

Filming First Memory, Royal College of Art, 1981