This is a lower resolution (HD) version of the two channel 4K video premiered during the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015) at the Personal Structures - Crossing Borders exhibition presented by the European Cultural Centre, organised by the Global Art Affairs Foundation during the 56th Biennale di Venezia 2015.
It is about a person mourning the sudden loss of a loved one. In mourning, she paces across a sparse, featureless landscape in the autumn and in winter. She picks stems off dead weeds and places sticks in the snow to measure the ground. This absurd and futile task reveals a form of inward keening.
Through these repetitive and meditative tasks she aims to summon her loved one back to consciousness, shifting memories of the past into an experience of the present. She knows the futility of this process; it’s absurdity and its exquisite agony. She wants to portray “the physical traces of mourning, which manifest themselves through absurd and futile activity”.
The scenes were shot in Flanders, Kent and Iceland. The artist sought out landscapes that were sparse and flat. Kirwan herself plays the woman in mourning. The cinematographer for this project was Simon Pruciak, and Kirwan collaborated with award-winning contemporary composer Tom Lane to create a sound piece, which reflects the video’s inwardness and indeterminate pace.