A film produced from footage captured during WE ARE NOT PETRIFIED , a collaborative response to the Merry Maidens Stone Circle, with an emphasis on the experimental, between artists Ann Haycock & Janet McEwan for Transition 10 at Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall in 2013, with invited guests, poet Alyson Hallet and dancer Helen Musser.
While researching the Merry Maidens, McEwan read 'The Living Stones' by Ithell Colquhoun, 1906 - 1988, an artist and writer who spent many years in Cornwall. Colquhoun was interested in surrealism and did not recognise the modern distinctions between art and magic, nature and culture, animate and inanimate. Her work has been largely overlooked by the mainstream art world.
McEwan discovered that there was a painting by Ithell Colquhoun in the stores of Penlee, and arranged for all the artists to meet and view the work. As there was no image online they did not know what they were about to encounter.
This project emerged from WE ARE PETRIFIED: a collaboration between McEwan, Haycock and Hallet earlier in 2013, which also focussed on the Merry Maidens Stone circle. Outputs from this project were presented in Helston Museum, Cornwall, in August 2013.
Further documentation about this project can be found here:
In January 2016, Penlee house Gallery and Museum opened an exhibition about Ithell Colquhoun - a retrospective fo her work. penleehouse.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions.
This is the 2nd edit of the film by McEwan, after learning in 2016 that Ithell was pronounced with a long "I".