New Work: Moths (Light Trap)

August 5, 2014

Moths (Light Trap) is a preview of a moving image created with a prototype of a rotating projector array that I have constructed (with assistance from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council). The device is based on the idea of a “magic lamp” or children's nightlight. This one incorporates five rotating projection drums. I’ve begun work on four more units that will incorporate up to 10 drums each: creating a band of multi-layered, moving images approximately 32 feet in length. The units can accommodate hand-drawn pictures in a variety of media, written or printed text, photographs, collage, etc.


This clip is based on a passage that I was working through on a recent painting:


It smelled damp THEN the moths came
he covered his head with white hands
he COVERED his HEAD to keep the ghosts out
he covered his head to keep
           his head to keep the ghosts out
he covered         HEAD
           GHOSTS OUT
IT SMELLED LIKE DAMP AND was
FILLED WITH
MOTHS
FILLED WITH MOTHS

HE COVERED HIS EYES TO KEEP THE GHOSTS OUT

THEY LOOKED LIKE MOTHS


It comes from my research into entomological light traps and is incorporates some ideas drawn from psychical research and some earlier research relating to local folklore. I’m presently working on other, more visually narrative work based on a bedtime story from my childhood. Stay tuned for additional images and information on upcoming exhibitions.