Tania Dolvers' project, In That Sweet Mood Where Pleasant Thoughts Bring Sad Thoughts To The Mind examines the relationship between still and moving image through the traditional medium of the Zeotrope, or 'wheel of life;' a mechanical device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures.
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge's pioneering photographs of motion as well as Victorian optical toys, Tania Dolvers explores our preoccupation with animation. Referencing Victorian death portraiture and early attempts to capture the supernatural, these ghostly images of the dancing actress Niamh McGrady play upon our nostalgia for the maverick years of moving image. The imagery is boldly reminiscent of early silent film, especially classic horrors such as Nosferatu. By choreographing a series of dances similar to the work of legendary Isadora Duncan, Edwardian screen actresses and silent film stars such as Louise Brooks, the artist takes us on a sentimental journey into the past.
Tania Dolvers was born in London in 1982. After studying Photography and Film at St Martins she moved to New York where she worked for Magnum. Since her return, Tania has worked as a freelance photographer and video artist. Her work focuses on the representation of space and time and our emotional relationship with both moving image and stills. She has exhibited widely in group and solo shows throughout London.
For further information on the artist please visit www.taniadolvers.com
For information about the actress Niamh McGrady please visit www.niamhmcgrady.co.uk
For Print Sales enquires please contact