Felicity Barrow

My practice seeks to explore what it means to be human, how the world works and the possibility that magical things are happening all around us. Communication and emotions such as love, longing, joy and loss play a central role in my investigations. I am also interested in the idea that we are in constant dialogue with everything that exists around us. Nothing is static, one thing endlessly becomes another in an ongoing state of flux. Idiosyncratic and universal experiences of time, sense of place and identity are examined here.

I try to approach these fundamental questions with childlike curiosity, gentle humour and a genuine sense of wonder. Working primarily in performance, installation and video, I create playfully constructed scenes, narratives and environments through which to open up a dialogue of hope between artist and audience. Writing also plays a role in my work, and I am interested in spoken word, storytelling and the theatrical, alongside more subtle gestures and interventions.

Long periods of in depth, very specific research become central to each work. Recent projects have stemmed from of a group of scientists working in the 1970s who believed they were ‘eavesdropping’ on the conversations between plants and stars; the writings of Henri Bergson and his theory of Duration; and the divination methods practiced by the Etruscans, a little documented ancient Italian civilization. The Etruscans believed in a constant stream of signs and symbols present in everyday, odd or mundane phenomena such as thunderclouds, chickens and the singing of frogs.
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