Jocelyn McGregor

Moth (2017)
installation

The Moth, the 'nocturnal butterfly', 'death bird', is representative of the soul.

The curtains are made of synthetic grass made from synthetic hair extensions... thousands of them. They were born straight out of my love of drapery, of those creepy signifiers in horror movies that tell you that something from the outside has been let in; whether you're watching the curtains billow out in say Poltergeist or peering at through that wedding veil in The Others at the features of a young girl combined with those of an old woman - the drapery always tells me that everything is about to change, it's exciting. In ancient Rome a woman's wedding veil would become her funeral shroud; and according to superstition you should keep the curtains shut at the time of death so the devil can't ride a moonbeam down between the gap to steal away the soul of the decesased. They're penetrable, permeable skins that barely separate inside from outside, one world from another; concealers not barriers. Ever shifting.

And what hangs between them are moulds of the disused RAF aircraft my dad once flew.

I wanted to make bodies out of these machines like they made machines out of bodies. I cast them in plaster and heamatite powder. Heamatite. That’s from the Greek word, ‘hema’, meaning blood. Superstition holds this stuff in association with life sustainment and, of course, also the opposite: death. It was once used to coat bodies before burial. Long seams, veins of it run through the Cumbrian Landscape. That’s where I got my heamatite pigment from, it’s ‘Egremont Red’ made by the Florence Paintmakers working on the site of Florence Mine – the last deep iron ore mine in West Europe when it closed in 2008. It’s pretty close to where I grew up. The miners were nicknamed “The Red Men of Cumbria” because they were always covered in the stuff.

Jennifer

Eller Beck

The Picnic

Olympia

Philtres

Sock Pocket

split lip & salt lick

Glass Nose

Magic Assemblage

Leadlights

Carbon Selves & Floor Plan

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http://jocelynmcgregor.com/files/gimgs/th-94_1 Jocelyn McGregor - Moth - install copy for website - colour test.jpg
 
 
http://jocelynmcgregor.com/files/gimgs/th-94_wide angle moth_v2.jpg
 
 
http://jocelynmcgregor.com/files/gimgs/th-94_2 Moth - wide angle 3 copy 2.jpg
 
 
http://jocelynmcgregor.com/files/gimgs/th-94_2 Jocelyn McGregor - Jennifer (suspender) through Moth copy_v2.jpg
 
 
http://jocelynmcgregor.com/files/gimgs/th-94_6 moth - creeper detail copy for website.jpg
 
 
http://jocelynmcgregor.com/files/gimgs/th-94_5 moth - spider detail copy.jpg