Whilst at the NES Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland, I investigated the connection to the body-mind through sculpture, performance and sound, drawing on local mythology, storytelling and folklore (particularly in relation to Prophetess Mountain), engagement with the natural elements, and the execution of my artistic endeavours in the prolongued darkness - a time when the intuition seems more easily accessible.
The howling wind in particular became my inspiration for works in progress I presented at the open studio exhibition. At once melodic, beautiful, powerful and fierce, this wind dominates weveryday plans of the villagersas it must take precedence over all else. The symbol of the wind is a central force of determination, which somehow blows away superfluous concerns and connects us to our wilder mode of survival, forcing us to remain present. In Jungian psychology, the wind is representative of the spirit - dynamic and with a "voice" that speaks to us, and in mythology this wind carries the voices of our ancestors.
Following this line of enquiry, I composed a live art acousmatic performance, in which I artificially recreated the sound of the wind within the gallery space, by layering sounds created with everyday objects with a loop pedal connected to a speaker (effectively peforming the Foley technique in a live performance context in the gallery space)