A collaborative work by Rosalyn Driscoll and Tereza Stehlíková
“Every grain of wheat and every maiden contains all its descendants and all her descendants—an infinite series…the abyss of the nucleus.” Kerenyi, Essays on the Science of Mythology
GV Art presents Generation, an exhibition of the collaborative work of Czech filmmaker Tereza Stehlíková and American sculptor Rosalyn Driscoll. This haunting installation merges video and sculpture to explore the progression of life throughgenerations of women. Drawing from the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, the artists embrace the tensions between surface and interior, world and underworld, conscious and unconscious, and life and death. Stehlíková filmed her grandmother, mother and daughter in their country house in Bohemia, focusing her camera on the bonds, tensions and displacement between the generations. Driscoll’s sculptures are made of translucent, ambercolored rawhide (dried cow skin), which receive and transform the video projections. The projected light animates the sculptures, while their visceral physicality reveals a hidden dimension under the women’s seemingly composed surfaces. Four groupings of sculpture sit on suspended perspex platforms that
float in the dark “underworld”. Driscoll and Stehlíková make multisensory art that explores the tactile, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, spatial dimensions of embodied human experience.
They are members of Sensory Sites, a collective that creates installations exploring the integration of the senses in art. This exhibition is part of their ongoing research into the aesthetic experience using an in-depth interview method developed by French philosopher Claire Petitmengin.
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