Bodies of Work

The Queen still falls to you
2014
Cinefoil, steel, magnets, 6-channel sound, LED light-programming
Dimensions: variable
20:54

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Exhibition venue: Project Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland

An immersive sculptural installation, The Queen still falls to you builds on tangible historical memory in an intangible, spectre-ridden environment. Developed from a work originally commissioned by the 19th Biennale of Sydney, The Queen still falls to you is an amassed sculptural record of Queen Victoria’s imposing presence. Originally unveiled as an imperial commission for Leinster House, Dublin in 1908, this once-Irish monument to Queen Victoria survived Ireland’s revolutionary period but was finally decommissioned in 1948. At the request of the Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1986, the towering bronze statue travelled to Australia, where it was presented on permanent loan to the city of Sydney, becoming the crowning partner to the newly restored Queen Victoria Building. Returned to Dublin as black Cinefoil impressions, Queen Victoria’s gestures, power and physical attributes become fragmented and blackened, re-organised into a cacophany of shapes and shadows, and animated through dramatic scene transformations of composed light and audio scores. The reassembled figure occupies the same volume of space as the seated bronze original; her staged pose gesturally indicated in the imprints of her limbs, extremities and accoutrements. Around this ensemble, a cinematic play unfolds in the gallery via three Acts; The Discharge, The Goading Crowd, and The Lamentation. At each juncture, the story of Ireland’s ‘Famine Queen’ is unraveled a notch further, tracing her journey from early origins in Dublin through emigration to Sydney, Australia. Presented against the backdrop of Dublin Theatre Festival, The Queen still falls to you theatrically reacquaints Her Majesty with her three stone cherubs, the three bronze angels of Hibernia, and her Irish onlookers.