Holly Pickering| Amanuensis

This work appropriates the phrase “whisper the secret into the hole” from the science fiction film 2046 by Wong Kar-wai. The scene from which the text draws, unfolds between an android and a man who falls in love with her. Her responses to him are delayed, which he believes to be a symptom of her fatigue/malfunctioning, before realizing that her silence is an effort in refusal. This work takes apart his unreciprocated words, repeating them on a cassette player and dispersing them throughout the room in the form of phonetic symbols.

Within the space there are 4 prints referencing different forms of handwriting, and a copy of the novel The Golden Bowl, a book transcribed by Theodora Bosanquet, an amanuensis to Henry James.  
Collectively, this work considers ideas surrounding the physical effect of language upon the body and the body upon language, dictation and silence.

Holly Pickering (b.1998) is an artist based in Dublin. Her oeuvre is concerned with interrogating language structures inherent in both the corporeal act of speech and in written material, meditating upon the physical effect of language upon the body and the relationship between language and how we navigate ourselves throughout the world. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, encompassing film, sound and sculptural installations often oriented around experimental texts and fictional narratives. Film, literary forms, and poetry are central to her practice.

It’s been fantastic to have Holly with us here in Ormond, and we were delighted to facilitate her residency exhibition here in the Ormond Studios Gallery in October.

Photographs by Aoife Herrity

Published by Ormond Art Studios

Ormond Art Studios is an artist-led initiative in Dublin city and is a platform for emerging visual artists. It supports the development of arts practice through affordable studio provision, critical discourse and space for events, residencies and exhibitions. The physical studios consists of eight individual artist's spaces along with a separate area that serves as the Project Space. The Project Space offers scope for work on a larger scale, embodied practice and experimentation. It is in this space that feedback sessions, events and exhibitions happen. We believe that critical discourse is hugely beneficial to developing a professional arts practice and essential to a dynamic arts community. Ormond Art Studios encourages members to open up their practise to peer critique and facilitates lively feedback sessions, residencies, and information/skills sharing initiatives. We believe in collaboration and connect with other creative initiatives to develop a network of support for artist‐led endeavours in Dublin and beyond. For more information please contact us at ormondartists@gmail.com Ormond Art Studios is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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