Blue Girl
Dvd/ sound/ colour/2008/ 56 secs

This short experimental video is one of two films that make up a large scale sculptural installation, titled, 'Changing Room'. The central feature of the installation is a wooden ramp covered with 'cheap', flooring boards and culminates in a vertical full length dressing mirror. On either side are stacks of white vinyl dresser drawers in which the portable TV features the looped short film 'Blue Girl'. Other elements consist of a large vertical construction of vinyl domestic cloths dryers, off to one side of the space, the second film 'Wide River', shot on super 8mm with sound is projected onto a section of wallpaper loosely wrapped around a free standing plastic cloths drying unit.
The work was developed during the height of the 'Celtic Tiger' years in Ireland which saw large influx of immigrants - especially from Eastern European countries into Ireland. The materials evoke the prevalence of cheap materials that permeated the city shops and skips used in the creation to fit out so many apartments and flats. The two films present two very different tones and structure. While Blue Girl is shot on video, with sound and image edited to present a young woman repeatedly caught in the act of removing her outer garment with great difficulty only to end on the floor in exhaustion; The second film takes its cue from the laying figure in Blue Girl and presents a dream-like sequence of a very wide River flowing by with boats turning and buses passing in the distance - this is the Danube that connects several European cities - soon we see the same woman briefly pass by and look into the lens of the camera. Both films are looped with sound track.