Chameleon was made in 2012 as homage to a photograph by Man Ray “Cette espèce d’hélianthe” pictured in “L’Amour Fou” by André Breton.
The sunflower was grown on the artist’s allotment and filmed in darkness lit by a focused circular torch beam. “This creates the illusion that the flower head emerges from the darkness as a disembodied eye, a visual metaphor for the all-seeing, and therefore all powerful eye. Standing in the darkened space, illuminated in turn by the light form the screen, we begin to wonder who is being watched and who is ‘doing’ the looking.”
Liam Devlin for Photomonitor. www. photomonitor.co.uk (essays)