small wet mouth
2019
Dimensions variable.
Duration: 12.14 minutes 
 

Commissioned by Cicely Farrer for Disentangle: Science in a Gendered World at LifeSpace Gallery, University of Dundee, small wet mouth is a 12 minute moving image piece exploring the experience of porousness, dissatisfaction and miscommunication.

The work explores materials that can cross the thresholds of bodies (ours and animal) and cause lasting changes in broad ecosystems, and internal functions, particularly endocrine/hormonal. The narrative is set at a fishing pond, a domesticated form of wilderness, where the effects of these chemicals are witnessed, and perhaps utilised.

Alongside the moving image piece is a plaster and pigment relief of a character from the narrative. The chairs are covered with felt and turmeric dyed cotton, laser cut with an image of an effluent pipe from a mill.

Photos courtesy of Erika Stevenson and LifeSpace Gallery

Written shot and edited by Ker Wallwork
Text read by Christi Van Clarke