Works · Fingal's Cave

Filmed in Fingal's Cave, a dramatic sea cave almost an hour’s journey by sea from the Island of Mull, over the course of seven separate visits. The towering sculpted columnar walls and roof were long held to be man-made, or created by giants, or held up as proof of a divine creator. One myth suggested that the cave was the abode of a nine-headed sea monster, another that the Devil himself were buried beneath the island.The last inhabitants of Staffa, around 1790, left the island after the pot on their stove shook so violently during a storm one night, that they believed "nothing but the devil could have shook it that way." It can be a wild, moody and inhospitable place.

Ultimately, Fingal's Cave is not a conventionally beautiful or comfortable place to be. It contains a powerful and dramatic sense of desolation that leads most visitors to spend no more than a few minutes within it. After the initial sense of awe, one can sense a growing unease in people as the atmosphere of the cave begins to penetrate. At this point, many people turn away, back toward the bright light outside. In its way, Fingal's Cave demands that we accept into ourselves a kind of desolate inner pathos.

12 minutes in duration as a single channel film, 6 minutes in installation format (3 wall projections with surround sound).

First shown at the Foksal Gallery / Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland 2008, curated by Jaromir Jedlenski. Also at An Tobar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, from 2nd July to 30th July 2011.

A DVD and a selection of printed stills are available from the artist's studio.

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