Thursday, 23 February 2012

Hannah Guy-Staccato°

Hannah Guy’s new body of work consists of animations constructed from still images and a series of composite photographs made with a large-format camera.The animations derive from a need to engage the viewer more intensely and are a response to a sense of the still photograph’s inadequacy in depicting the experience of the landscape



Hannah Guy’s new body of work consists of animations constructed from still images and a series of composite photographs made with a large-format camera. . Each series revolves, quite literally, around the tree.The work creates a reality in continual reassessment, removing the comfort of a fixed reality.The animations derive from a need to engage the viewer more intensely and are a response to a sense of the still photograph’s inadequacy in depicting the experience of the landscape.
The animation series, Staccato° (Sketches 1-4), 2006, poignantly considers our relationship with the natural world, as well as our relationship with the still photograph. The animations call us to consider our view and experience of nature. The cyclical nature of the animation and perpetual succession of images explore an experience of time that mirrors nature’s cycle. As winter follows summer, summer follows winter; as death succeeds birth, birth will succeed death. The emblem of the tree and the ghost of the once vast forests that spread across Europe evoke a primeval world when most of the planet was covered by impenetrable forests. In the context of current anxieties about nature’s uncertain future, a certain melancholy is unavoidable.


The differing methods of representation seek to present different experiences of nature, experimenting with and moving beyond the impact of the traditional still photograph. By looping a succession of still images, the animations create the illusion of the tree in perpetual movement. Slowly the subtle nuances of the landscape are revealed as the audience is placed at different points around the tree. Through the amalgamated images a new vision of the landscape is created, as the form, texture and visual architecture appear, a sense of space emerges from the two dimensional photograph.

View the animation, revolving, quite literally, around four trees, one tree at a time. 120 still images circumnavigating each tree in a field, stitched together like a poetic film.
You can also view the still photographs in more detail as a large-format slide show in a new window.



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