Single-channel high-definition colour video with sound. Dimensions 1920 x 1080. Duration 03 minutes 33 seconds. (2006)
Filmed in Wilmont House, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon's Park, South Belfast.
This work takes as its subject the performing body in a domestic space. In this instance the performing body or the protagonist, is female. This work suggests another way of looking at the body on screen and attempts to construct subjectivity for the female protagonist. 1859, takes a Victorian house as the setting, where I subvert the social decorum displayed by Victorians. There is certain irreverence to the actions that I carry out. In the piece, the body is not fully visible optically, but its presence is felt in another sense- aurally.
Much of my work reflects my interest in filmic tropes of the Irish landscape. I am drawn to certain locations such as the former properties of the landowning classes, driven by an interest in concepts of the land, as a source of wealth and in its relationship to national identity and class in both contemporary and historical contexts. Working with video, I produce installations where the viewer is encouraged to perambulate and be active within the installation, rather than to be sedentary as in the cinema. I encourage the viewer to look and consider both the historical and the formal landscape.