Great Spirit’s House, 2018-2022
From the series On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing, an exploration of Earth as a living organism. A collapsed ski lift terminal (which was destroyed during an eruption in 2015) emerges from the ice near an active volcano, Villarica in Pucon, Chile. Volcan Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes; it is also known as Rucapillán, a Mapuche word meaning ‘great spirit’s house’.
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On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing reflects on nature, on Earth as a living organism.
The photographs were made with a slow intensity of exploration through the physical act of walking and site-responsive connections to remote environments.
Performative in the process of their creation, each work is happened upon, captured during physically demanding expeditions.
Geological landscapes, otherworldly scenes and elements of human interference become found moments in time and space, evoking environmental and philosophical questions.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing is a meditation on time.
As humans, we are slow to act to protect the environment from our own destruction, to halt its decline, to care for home, our golden earth.
The series includes work developed during an artist residency with La Wayaka Current in the indigenous community of Coyo in the Atacama Desert, Chile, the driest nonpolar desert in the world.
The work includes a collaboration with musician and composer Russell Webster (The M1) utilising field recordings and live instrumentation to form a looped soundscape.
*Exhibition title references an excerpt from Arundhati Roy’s speech “Come September” delivered in 2002.
The photograph was shot on Kodak Portra 35mm film.