Author: MHL

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Droste

A recursive cycle, Droste depicts the subject which is also the mechanism for its depiction; captured on 16mm film, the flame from a struck match acts as the light source that exposes the film itself. The film plunges into bouts of black, where the film remains…

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Mairi Lafferty was in residence at no.w.here, London, in July 2015 to start work on an experimental 16mm film about fire. The subsequent experimental work was shown as part of Ripples on the Pond at GoMA, Glasgow in September 2015.  This all-female exhibition, in partnership with LUX…

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Byword

BYWORD BYWORD is a collaborative project, developed with Japanese-American poet Lila Matsumoto, first performed at Sound lab presents: An evening of music and spoken word, September 2014, Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow and later at Vive the [R]évolution: Poems in translation in collaboration with Lila Matsumoto, October 2014, Institut…

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Gnommero Multiplicity

GNOMMERO MULTIPLICITY Edited by Sarah Tripp and Richard Taylor, Gnommero is a cooporative artists’ publication which presents artists’ and writers’ responses to Italo Calvino’s series of published lectures, ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium’.  Multiplicity is the fifth and final pamphlet in Gnommero series. Contribution to…

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Kiss the Shuttle

KISS THE SHUTTLE An installation that explored the gothic undertones of industrialisation though pattern, code and gesture. Shuttle Kissing is a weaving term to describe threading by sucking the cotton through the shuttle’s tiny ceramic eye. Contrary to the romantic connotations of its name, it…

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I create what I speak

I create (A’bra) what (ca) I speak (dab’ra), uses the an earlier silent film as a starting point.  Re-edited with flashes of colour, the originally unspoken-spell is called back in a game of chid-like phonetics.  Initially performed at THIS FLAG IS A HULL, in Glasgow’s…

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Unsolvable Phenomena

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ABRACADABRA

ABRACADABRA – the magic word, a simple solution of apparently unsolvable phenomena – was originally an incantation providing protection and healing. Synonymous with the Gnostic Abraxas, the word would be spoken while carved or written in line with it’s hebrew translation I create (A’bra) what…

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LOVE

LOVE is a body of work that marks the culmination of a two year research project into Dundee’s Tayside House, over two years while is was being dismantled. Employing photography, Super 8 film and video, LOVE uses repetition to create a fantasy of a soon-to-be-gone…

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Journal 34

A four week on-line journal with Victor&Hester, a Glasgow-based non-profit project that explores relationships between textual, performance and visual art practices through a series of monthly events and journals. Journal 34 was the release of four online works that deal specifically with a codes, often imagined, building…

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Boy on Boat

BOY ON BOAT Colour HD video, 2013 with sound   Shown as a part of: HOLD THIS OBJECT UP UNTIL THERE IS NOTHING LEFT OF YOU with Modern Edinburgh FIlm School. A screening of films by Mairi Lafferty, Bill Leslie, Jen Liu, Ben Rivers, Stephen…

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The Light Room

THE LIGHT ROOM is a film about dislocation. Pattern and repetition take precedence over narrative as the film moves from day to night and vice-versa. Filmed in New York and Oban, it is an exploration of the creativity at the heart of a lie, of…

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Be the Hammer

BE THE HAMMER OR THE ANVIL, GENERATORprojects, 13 November – 5 December, was an all female group show responding to the notion of fetishism and the female. Taking its title from Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s novella Venus in Furs the show aims to explore each artist’s individual approach…

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Scotland+Venice

In 2009 I was chosen as one of 3 artists to undertake a Newfoundland residency at the Scotland + Venice pavilion during that years Venice Biennale. Newfoundland is an international residency programme for contemporary visual artists, developed and delivered through a partnership between Scottish Sculpture…

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Abast

ABAST 2009 Digital video with sound track The term ‘Abast’ is the point on a ship just past half-way.  Closer to the end than to the beginning.  It is a homage to leaving, imagining the immanent trip, an ever-nearing departure, and projecting it onto the…

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Lune

LUNE was a film made during my last year of the MFA at Glasgow School of Art. It tells the story of Mary Toft, a young woman from Goldaming, who in 1726 claimed that a diet of rabbit meet and dreams of rabbits led to…