The work is inspired by the legend Llorona, the weeping woman. The story tells of a strikingly beautiful woman who was married with two sons. After the birth of her sons her husband started having affairs with other women and would wander off for months at a time only to return to see his children. The woman became very jealous of their attention and one day in a fit of rage she threw them both into the river. When she realised what she had done she ran into the river after them screaming and drowned herself. The legend continues today in some parts of the world where Llorona’s felt presence can be heard at dusk wandering by rivers sobbing for her children. What attracted me to this story was the fact that Llorona is a mournful beautiful woman who dwells in a liminal state between the living and the sprit world.
This video environment incorporates ideas from my previous work in its layout in that I project two films simultaneously, one colourful film on the front of the sculpture and a darker black and white film on the back. Viewers looking at the film on the front can not see the film on the back, the idea being that people only ever see one side of the story unless they are inquisitive enough to look further. The sculpture of Llorona shows a disfigured and damaged body in a positive stance. She mourns her lost children but continues to go on. She is full of contradictions, she is luxuriously covered in velvet and satin yet with patches of exposed scratched damaged flesh, she is without a head and a leg, she is both vibrant and dark, she is a mood, a mental state, a reimagined form.
Site specific video environment; sculpture with double projection at La Brousse, Sers, France. Sept 2017.
Both films 4 mins 39 sec on loop.
Sculpture & film by Trisha McCrae
Soundtrack by Diamanda Galás.