WHERE THE GRASS GROWS THROUGH THE HAIR
2020 / Duration: 15mins
In 1963 John Mcgill went to Victoria Gardens at night and cast the head of Jean Pierre De Wissant, one of the Burghers that populate 'The Burghers of Calais', a sculpture by Rodin. 'Where the Grass Grows Through the Hair' explores the correlations between Johns story, 'The Burghers of Calais' (a play by Georg Kaiser) and the significance of the Burghers as a symbol, as a departure point.
'Where the Grass Grows Through the Hair' develops a symbolic language where motorbikes become protagonists from popular mythology, moulds and cars become wombs in which objects and characters have transformative but solipsistic experiences, and sculptures depicting idyllic beauty and ageless youth consider deep time. We become swathed in a world were cinematic, documentary and found footage ruminate on the passing of time through a lens of personal history, memory, and themes of birth, rebirth, and transformation.