Magnetic Atlas19. Oct - 11. Jan 14 / ended 20-21 Visual Arts Centre
10am to 4pm Tues to Sat
Tracey Holland works with photography film and collage to create her site specific installations. This new body of work made for 20-21 Visual arts Centre has 4 components; Ordinalia, a multi -screen film installation, Huldra, a 3 screen film installed in the Chancel, and a third film work, The Sleeper Falls in the Bell tower. A set of 30 wall based photographic images Charged Vessels & Infinite Bodies, interlink these two film installations.
Holland continues her investigations into the interplay between elements of physics, psychology, religion and myth. These new film works and images draw upon miraculous religious mystery plays and tales involving mythical figures such as the Huldra - tales of the visible and the invisible. These mythological miracles are contrasted with natural events, miraculous happenings which inspire and reflect the myth. The work investigates how mythic tale, the psychology of the antiquity and character work within the psyche providing insights for one another.
The energies found in different environments and spaces are examined in both the photographic series and films, and how this energy manifests itself in domains such as the domestic or small, ritualised or sacred space - confessional boxes, forests and theatre stages to the Leyden Jars. These spaces are where energies are concentrated, where a metamorphosis can occur, both to what’s within them and the audience who bear witness to the event. Holland explores how and why these spaces evolve or are chosen, their relationship to us and our relationship to the infinite. The religious or mythical interpretations of the creation of the heavens and earth and their ‘fixed’ geographical boundaries such as Heaven, Eden or Elysium are contrasted with the ever present, very real but invisible, electrical energy.
By integrating still images and image sequences with moving film footage and displaying films onto and into different environments, Holland blurs distinctions between these genres in order to create a moving ‘collage’ with which to communicate her ideas.
Magnetic Atlas has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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