The inspiration for ‘Wave’ dates back to the summer of 2006, when Lucy Carolan contributed work to a filmic ‘cadavre exquis’ – a single spool of Super8 film was passed between participating artists around the UK, who were each allotted 24 second section of the film with which to respond to the theme ‘Hello/Goodbye’. The piece Lucy devised was a simple intervention comprised of multiple prints of her own hands, mounted on rods and arranged in the sand on a beach then filmed fluttering in the breeze. The work could have ended there, but it seemed to Lucy like a sketch for a work that begged to be developed further.
In 2014 Lucy was invited to attend the 23rd edition of Process-Space, an annual art festival taking place in the Black Sea resort of Balchik in Bulgaria, and the coastal setting seemed the perfect location in which to begin work on ‘Wave’ again. This 2nd version (shown in the video above and image below) was a progression in that the elements were larger and designed to float, plus the hands photographed for inclusion belonged to a participating group of County Durham Colour Your Life programme social prescription clients.
Lucy is currently working towards creating a more robust and final version of ‘Wave’ as part of her 2015-2016 AA2A placement at Teesside University. When some elements have been constructed, they will first be test floated on the reservoir beside Allenheads Contemporary Arts in Northumberland before being launched on the sea (potentially near South Gare in Teesside, as this is a relatively sheltered part of the North Sea). As part of the project’s development, she hopes to collect more images of hands and stories to go with them for inclusion in the work – to take part please use our contact form and get in touch.
‘Wave’ at 23rd Process-Space Art Festival, Balchik Gallery, Bulgaria