Liquid Nothing I-VIII

Looping Cinemagraph Gif studies. HD

These are studies for a film work in progress which imagines the microscopic world that exists inside the last tear ever cried.

The work is inspired by two starting points. The first is Rose-Lynn Fisher's Topography of Tears which maps different kind of tears under the microscope, revealing different patterns that appear to be aerial views. The second is a Victorian short story by Fitz-James O'Brien Diamond Lens. In this the protagonist builds the most powerful microscope lens in the world, through which he can see a utopian world within in a single drop of water.


Liquid Nothing takes these references to imagine what the world would look like within the last tear on earth. The work depicts a saline, mellifluous, shimmering, bleached-white apocalyptic landscape. There are ghosts here -  flashes and shadows of our own familiar world, haunted by shadowy, not-quite-human figures. It is an eerie evocation of the grief inherent in witnessing the destruction of the anthropocene.

They are constructions made from footage shot around the swamps of Louisiana, where flooding, hurricanes and salinisation are already wreaking havoc on the wetlands. As environmental catastrophe looms ever larger, these low-lying landscapes will be the first to be destroyed.