Faint

1999 
Colour, Stereo, 3mins 40secs
Conjuring an image of both the romantic and the sinister, Faint presents images of a fainting girl (the artist) set against the sound of bird song. Faint draws on mesmerism, trance and hysteria, and connects to previous works dealing with spiritualism and materialisation mediums. Initiated during a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Faint was shot at Powerscourt Gardens, Wicklow and in the grounds and interiors of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Faint, 1999, video still
Conjuring an image of both the romantic and the sinister, Faint presents images of a fainting girl (the artist) set against the sound of bird song. Faint draws on mesmerism, trance and hysteria, and connects to previous works dealing with spiritualism and materialisation mediums. Initiated during a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Faint was shot at Powerscourt Gardens, Wicklow and in the grounds and interiors of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Faint, 1999, video still
Faint, Courtyard Installation, Rialto Sant'Ambrogia, Rome, 2002
Faint, 1999, video still
Faint was first exhibited at the Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast in 1999, where it was presented in the form of an installation. The three gallery walls of the Old Museum Arts Centre were painted a dusty, sugary pink colour and decorated with a border of motifs and three elaborate baroque style frames made from builders' expanding foam. Faint was projected within the central frame, while 35mm slides were projected within the frames to either side. Paper masks cut to shape and set infront of the video and slide projectors cropped the images to fall within the central areas of the frames creating an illusory depth as though the frames were acting as mirrors or windows onto another space or landscape. A soundtrack of birdsong was heard from speakers hung high above.
Faint, 1999, Installation, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, 1999
Faint, 1999, video still
Faint, 1999, video still
Faint, 1999, in Susan MacWIlliam: Modern Experiments, solo survey exhibition, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
Faint, 1999, video still
Faint, 1999, in Susan MacWIlliam: Modern Experiments, solo survey exhibition, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
Faint, 1999, video still
Faint, 1999, in Susan MacWIlliam: Modern Experiments, solo survey exhibition, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
Faint, 1999, video still