Shades At Hidden

We are proud to have our work chosen for inclusion on Hidden. I’ve been working on the script and artist statement and thought I’d share it prior to the opening. I am working on recording the words with different speakers/ages and they will be mixed into a multi channel work installed at Rookwood. The largest cemetery in  the southern hemisphere.

Artist Statement
I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne’er a word said she;
But oh, the things
I learned from her
When Sorrow
walked with me!
–Robert Browning Hamilton

All traditions, all customs have words which resound over our passings. Words spoken to comfort; words of solace. Their meaning, floats like shades out into the universe, songs made so by our singing of and unto them. Not only in the moment but past our own lifetimes. What is left when there is no more? Only shades of our departing.

Hidden (Shades)TEXT

I was thinking,

And my thoughts became loud.

So loud others could hear them

Eventually they passed into stories.

Passed on,

Past my lifetime. Living on,

No longer of mine tongue alone.

 

I wrote words onto page

They spoke to me

And through my speaking,

you took them in.

Said them aloud,

Wrote them in your own words.

These passed on

Past your lifetime. Living on,

No longer of your tongue alone.

 

We said the words aloud.

They resounded.

Words at the end, for those remaining.

Past our lifetimes.

…Audio to come.

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