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Grotto. Double projection video installation. Dimensions approximately 20 feet by 12 feet. Emma Bolland (2005)

Grotto. Double projection video installation. Dimensions approximately 20 feet by 12 feet. Emma Bolland (2005)

In Unearthing #3 I referred to the days of my mother’s dying, and my experience of witnessing these days via the mediation of the physicality and iconography of our domestic environment and surrounding landscapes.

A few days before her passing I escaped from the house, hoisted a camera onto my shoulder and ran to and around some nearby woods known as The Grotto, a place of childhood refuge. This footage eventually became part of my 2005 installation of the same name. The writing of Unearthing #3 impelled me to retrieve the raw footage, and to begin to experiment with the possibilities of creating a discrete short film. The first rough edit, working title ‘Spelunker, Deep Sea Diver, Astronaut’ (a paraphrase of Deleuze on Proust) can be found below.

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