“Creating simplicity often makes the heart leap; order has been restored, the crooked made straight. But order is understanding that things cannot be made simple, that complexity reigns and must be accepted.” Marina Warner
‘The Well’ is a 3 screen video installation. In 2016 Mc Guinness devised a live performance intervention at St Patricks Well inspired by the story of Bridget Cleary. This new installation draws on the universal symbol of the well as a place of fecundity, enchantment and female fertility and a host site for otherness.
Working with dancer Liv O’ Donoghue and the guardian of the well David Flannery, the artist combines real and fictive performances and stagings in a 3 screen video installation with a minimal sound design by Ellen King. What unfolds is a slow, observational work, which draws on the historical and religious significance of this scared site while also unearthing an undercurrent of tension and charge within it.
Link to film clip: https://vimeo.com/245103760
Review of exhibition https://curatoronabike.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/yvonne-mcguinness/
Duration: 13 mins, 30 seconds.
Director of photography – Michael Kelly
Sound design – Ellen King
Editor – Yvonne mc Guinness, Micheal Kelly and Paddy Cahill