Film, photography & concept by Gaynor Perry
Grethe Mangala Jensen
written & performed by Gaynor Perry
produced & performed by Noko 440
Grethe enters a state of hypnagogic consciousness
as she drowses on the branch of a fallen laurel tree.
|Grethe Mangala Jensen
In these hours
batteries and hazel eyes
Without careful aim
without careful aim
we’re here now
Albion drawn in the ground
with a gemstone
a coiled shell
You are young
To live or grow
You are young
|Norman Fisher-Jones aka Noko 440
The day after we finished filming I walked back to the location and discovered this animal spine (above) strewn across my path. On closer inspection it may be a badger spine. There were no other bones nearby. Naturally, I reflected on how it got there. Did a dog or a fox dig it up and drag it there? What a mysterious offering.
The imagery for this body of work began with a photograph of Grethe resting on the branch of a fallen laurel tree. And now I can see a vine climbing one of the limbs, on the right-hand side, looking quite spine-like.
While this strange and timely motif seems integral to the piece, I don't have an explanation. Other than the spirit in which we approached creating this. A profound sense of the sacred spaces of our landscape and nature within, perhaps resonated somehow in the labyrinthian old heart of the land.
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