Wales, UK / Duration 8m 29s / 2012
Lament interweaves site-specific found objects, animation, poetry and music to explore a personal narrative of loss, longing and belonging in the Welsh borderlands.
“My earliest memories involve looking west across the border toward the Welsh hills and constructing an imaginary geography. Now I am able to look eastwards and examine this childhood landscape from a new perspective and in doing so re-evaluate my place within it.”
Animation and macro photography is used to examine found objects (e.g. lichen, flora, animal remains etc) while cinematic compositing techniques visually reintroduce these objects back into the wider landscape and thereby re-contextualise them.
Artist Sean Vicary and musician Ceri-Rhys Matthews have collaborated to combine bilingual fragments of spoken word, site-specific recordings and elements of traditional music to achieve a dynamic synergy between sound and image. The oral source material is taken from sections of the 7th Century Welsh poem cycle, Canu Heledd. These poems deal with the fall of the Brythonic Kingdom of Pengwern, in what is now Shropshire, and this particular lament originates from the border area describing the silence and ruin of Prince Cynddylan’s home after his death.
“I’m interested in how place and language combine to inform our perception of self and how this affects our wider relationships. ‘Lament’ draws on my own subjective experience of landscape, specifically the Wales/Shropshire border where I grew up.
It was the death of my Father that prompted a return to my childhood home and a re-evaluation of those surroundings…
‘Lament’ is an attempt to represent and navigate this liminal landscape, half remembered upon waking, where dreams, memories and the physical collide.”
‘Lament’ was supported by Animate Projects, Arts Council of Wales and Small World Theatre.
Sean Vicary is an artist filmmaker currently based in West Wales, UK. He originally studied painting, graduating from Newcastle Polytechnic with a BA in Fine Art, but became increasingly seduced by the possibilities of working in time-based media. Initially working with Super 8 Film alongside his paintings he quickly embraced all things digital, acquiring the skills necessary to fully realise the forms he had been striving for in his painting practice. His work has been broadcast in the UK and exhibited worldwide.