So there I was, 25 years old, lying in bed watching 'Once upon a time in the west' for the first time in my life, another dropkick art school graduate with no real idea what to do in life. As the film unfolded, I started thinking about my parents and their parents and all the hard work and sacrifice they went through in order for me to be in that bed watching this great film, not working, not doing anything, then it hit me: I had to somehow make art about my family history, my own private spaghetti western...
‘Something to do with death’
2006 PAL DV
The lone cowboy draws a line in the dirt between himself and the machine off screen. An unspoken challenge has been made between this protagonist and the device: to resist the gravity of death until he can no longer.
'Something to do with death' was my first attempt to get back to the metaphysical place that Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone took me to with 'Once upon a time in the west'.