‘Fallen Souls’ is a series of mixed media art works on paper , fabric and canvas, using a variety of processes and media from drawing ,painting , printing, collage, appliqué text and stitching.
Formed from a performative activity, the printed body acting as a press, they reveal the artists intimate features, skin textures , body shape and lipstick traces. The aftermath or residue of the body printing is recorded photographically to reveal the detail of the graphite pigment on the skin. These photographs will be part of a larger set of limited edition prints, printed on archival paper, started by the artist in 2018.
Graphite and silver pigment is painted around rectangular frames referencing external features of buildings.
Collaged wallpaper was used as well as silver, black and white acrylic paint, which was sprayed through net curtains. The effect created acts as a reference to the domestic world.
Drawn and stitched grids, reference tiles and flooring and create external structures. These structures suspend the figure in the act of falling . She is somehow trapped and suspended like a puppet.
The Fallen Souls on fabric are works on embroidered bedsheets purchased at the local market in Estremoz Portugal. The body print sleeps or dreams of falling ,we are taken into the private intimate world of the bedroom – there is a vulnerability. She is afraid and tired…
The ‘I’m tired of ..’ installation exhibited at Foundation Obras Portugal ,consists of seven paper hangings ranging in height from 2 to 5 meters, worked in mixed media on both sides, using painting, printing and stencilling processes totalling 14 images. There was a performative element where I used my body like a press to print falling creatures within the layers of grids, textiles and texts. This work was in response to previous pieces about my deep feelings on the Grenfell tragedy and my frustrations by the authorities showing little compassion with the victims. The disaster by itself and the broader concept of a world in which this can happen brought me to more general feelings on injustice both in the wider world and in my personal life. With a final layer of printed building materials I suggest a space where they were trapped between looking out on to the world and looking into a vanishing private world.https://www.instagram.com/stellawhalley/
Miguel Noya from Venezuela added a sound composition to the installation, inspired by the ‘ I´m tired of …’ rantings, suggesting both blaming, frustration and disillusion, he created a mix of sounds with a pitch gradually building. He says he used ‘the Shepard tone to create the illusion of infinite ascending in pitch or descending in pitch of a sound wave ,which relate to the printed bodies falling up or down. The particular effect of this tone is that it does create a feeling of discomfort or tension if presented alone and as background of some Music’. For this composition he used sounds of electro-post-industrial , barking dogs, speeches and casinos and local sounds from a marble cutter, a church choir and sheep bells. https://godwinoya.com