GAIA: 'Study for Gaia'. On display at the SSS Sculpture Trail,
RHS HYDE HALL, Chelmsford, throughout July 2018.
GAIA Earth goddess, mother of all nature.
This project seeks to honour birth mothers who are separated from their children. To make tangible their invisible and profound connection of longing and loss.
Exploration and development of concepts 1.) Video still 2.) Modelling form in clay 3.) Image credit: The Mother’s Role in Bergman’s Persona Filmint.nu/?p=10631- I propose that the thread is Bergman’s image of his mother, the face that Bergman said he was always searching for in his films (Singer 2007: 12-13). 4.) Image credit: Videodrome - David Cronenberg 5) Woodblock print 6). Collage.
Study for Gaia (I)* is a prototype sculpture for a project in deveopment: 'Gaia - Big Head (I) .
The prototype can be displayed in several ways:
Hung (with or without the ripples projection)
Partially submerged (with or without a motor that creates ripples)
Gaia - Big Head (I) concept is of tracing the birth mother, and the emergence of her memory. The intention is to exhibit the sculpture at a sculpture park, partly submerged in a lake (venue TBC).
First love is first engagement with self and others, the locking of eyes between mother and baby. This fundamental wonderment and awe is relived in the intimate darkness of big-screen cinematic close-up. This monumental contrast in scale of mother to baby is a viseral dynamic that can be evoked by playing with large scale sculpture.
Gaia- Big Head (II) series - is intended as a series of tactile interactive sculptural portraits which encourage audience participation. The audience will be invited to reach out and trace the contours of a face that resembles their own. The intention is for Gaia (big-head) sculpture to evoke the dance of intimacy between mother and baby, allowing the audience to repeat their intimate pre-verbal connections.