2016 powder coated steel, skipping rope 180 x 118 x 43 cm
The Lamentation series is a group of 4 sculptures based on Martha Graham’s performances Lamentation (1930) and Night Journey (1947).
Rowena Chiu commissioned the works for the show the The Blue Hour. The brief was to make a work based on the twilight period in the morning or evening. These periods of time are moments when the experience of space around the individual changes for everyone.
Martha Graham was interested in the opposition of contraction and release a concept based on the dancers breathing cycle. I used this idea to relate to open and closed tendencies of night and day through our physical and psychological relationship to changes in space and form. The geometric use of steel aims to highlight this tension and references modernist sculptural practices such as Isamu Noguchi who created the props for Graham’s performance.
I was interested in freezing the extreme moments of Graham’s choreography to last forever. To cease change for the purpose of examination and understanding. The dark blue colour relates to the shows title but also has sublime associations with sleep.
This melancholic idea contrasts with the aggressive material and angular forms giving rise to another tension between the industrial, tense nature of welded steel and the elegant nature of 20th century dance.
Richard Evans Night Journey 2016 artist sculpture
Richard Evans Night Journey Detail 2016 artist sculpture
Martha Graham performing 'Night Journey' photograph by Philippe Halsman, 1947.