Parse, 2014.
Unseen Presence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Projected animation, colour and sound, total duration 00:14:34, excerpt 00:07:44. Video Projection, Seats and Screen Dimensions variable; wood, painted canvas and sponge.

Using hand painted footage, projection panning, model making, animated sculpture, stop motion animation and found footage, Parse is the story of a young girl determined to bring about the return of her mother from a trip to outer space, in accordance with the laws of jocular physics under which her world is ruled. Set in a cartoon-habitat, where things do fall consciously; space and distance are compressed; death is recoverable from and stars are souvenirs, what at first seems to be a child's efforts to comprehend a tragic lie becomes a rationalisation of her mother's absence and even promises a plausible return. However a happy ending and the suspension of our belief are threatened by the very syntax that constructs them.

Supported by the Arts Council Project Award for ISCP & the Art and Law Fellowship Program, New York, 2014 and exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 'Parse' in 'Unseen Presence, 2014.

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Selection of excerpts from Parse, 2014.

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