Press release / Catalogue text
In exploring various states of 'bodies' in motion - whether under their own momentum or that of some other force, and whether between events or as part of a continuum - her unique combination of chance with a sensitivity to her surrounds allows the creation of visual lacunae that resonate with something between unsettling intrigue and extraordinary beauty.
Mannall's two new works are being exhibited at Ocular Lab Inc. between 3 -17 October. Each highlights her attention to detail that would otherwise remain unseen and clearly demonstrate an intuitive awareness of and ability to capture the "flow of (an) already existing moment". 1.
The first, titled "Lapse", captures a somewhat familiar sense of isolation as a ball of sea detritus is observed bobbing across the screen with the ebb and flow of the sea. We find ourselves drifting with the work until the gentle motion of the waves propel several of these balls onto the sandy shore, causing them to roll and occasionally bump into each other.
The second, titled "Near Distance", is dark and mysterious, with the occasional glimpse of a figure walking somewhere in a velvet darkness, towards - or away from? - a distant and eerie light. The sound of shoes crunching in gravel creates a haunting atmosphere, and we find ourselves asking where this figure is going, and why...
© Kirsten Rann, 2004
1. Deleuze, Gilles, "Mediators", Zone 6: Incorporation 6 , 1992, p. 281