Be on the look out for an amorphous, mysterious work emanating from Eco Frame and Mirror on Thursday. Clara Wells has put together a work that promises to absorb and entice the viewer while leaving them mystified.
A digital projection, Brief Artifice, focuses on subjects that Wells' current practice has in common with the theme of August’s First Thursdays event - magic, illusion and alchemy. One important aspect of her work is the role that methods play in the understanding of a work. The moving image can be, at times, a mysterious thing. The use of chemicals and light of machines and devices to document existing movement or to create it from scratch.
Brief Artifice was made using a combination of direct animation and digital manipulation as well as corrosive materials to break down colour layers of pre-developed film stock. The many still images give an illusion of overall movement, while from frame-to-frame they share little in common. The murky and undefined images that result move by at pace, never quite giving the audience a chance to understand or explore any more than what is caught in passing. The images produce a feeling of erosion and decay while simultaneously appearing to morph and grow in fluid, celestial form.
The audience is invited to take in the work as an overall experience or to venture deeper into the fleeting detail of individual frames.
Clara Wells completed an MFA at the University of Canterbury in 2015 and since then has been working from her studio in Hamilton. Having focused primarily on the moving image throughout her studies, Wells is now looking towards intersections between these and the static image as well as continuing her highly regarded work using hand drawn animations and sound.
Many thanks to Eco Frame and Mirror for generously hosting this work!