I am interested in how we locate ourselves in and make sense of the present, an illusive state that involves constant interplay between past, present and projected future. The visual and verbal language has taken on such primary importance as a means to locate experience interests me In his book, Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick refers to the idea of epiphany, not as the manifestation of divine reality, but as rare moment, when the exterior world is experienced with an intensity as though for the first time, as an absolute reality in revelatory moment of recognition that breaks through the confines and scope of language. That desire exists for the intensity of the moment and yet being solely located in the present jeopardises our sense of identity has been a constant preoccupation of my work. To investigate this in the context of film making, where everything is mediated and transient, interests me. Shona Illingworth
Through video and sound installations, Shona Illingworth is interested in exploring experiences of memory and how social tensions and trauma effect the formation of a person’s identity, particularly where this threatens an individual’s sense of self. To explore these psychological complexitites, Shona has worked closely with scientists to inform the installation she creates, site-specific to the gallery.
Shona graduated from Goldsmiths College, London 1988, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Walking on Letters’ at Piacenta Arts, Italy in 2000 and ‘Passing’ commissioned by the Haywood Gallery for their turnover programme in 2001.
Her short film SOUNDING was shown on Channel 4 in September 2001.
Calling – a’ gairm was supported by the Regional Arts Lottery Programme, the Arts Council of England, Brighton & Hove City Council, South East Arts, Photoworks and Colourstream studio.