28 April 2012
Within the last 3 months Ive been working on sound installations (with and without visual elements), to investigate the relationship between humankind and birds, and the cultural significance birds play to human societies.
I’m a keen bird watcher/listener, not so much a ‘binoculars around the neck type’, but someone who has developed knowledge of the birds in my area, and appreciates birdsong. My fascination for birds has led to meetings with bird watching groups, pigeon fanciers, pet shop owners and animal behavioural psychologists.
Text below taken from artist statement for the Vesch exhibition as part of the Leicester Lo-Fi photography group:
For this exhibition Stevens has taken the notion of ‘Vesch’ loosely translated as ‘an object with a human soul/spirit’ and chosen to produce a series of silver gelatin contact prints showing a chicken egg, which appears to be x-rayed.
In this series of photographs (taken using the iphone4), the egg shell has been burnt using a candle until completely covered with black ash (carbon) and then photographed at various stages; half burnt, fully burnt and then underwater.
‘Egg 3’ is suspended in water and appear to be transparent or to have a reflective surface. This effect is caused by the material becoming hydrophobic (water repellent) and the refraction of light creating the illusion of a mirror.