The Trampled Devil

Shary Boyle

2023, 13:46 minutes

TAPECODE 2145.00

Featuring handmade costumes, masks and analogue overhead projection animations, The Trampled Devil presents a metamorphizing multiplicity of selves to reimagine the absent wooden body of the Archangel. Dizzying character transitions and a super-dynamic soundtrack pull the viewer into a tender, ecstatic and harrowing ritual, confronting our own moral masquerades.

Shot in an experimental vertical format with the artist's shoes literally nailed to the floor, the original silent video was made to be projected at the Devil Museum, above the actual sculpture that shares its name.

An archetypal cast of characters – the White Witch, Bat, Devil, Crone and “Warbanks,” a global financier who looks suspiciously like Andy Warhol – shape-shift through negotiation, compromise and transformative exchange: trading hope and transmitting threat between them. Identity slips as morality slides. Violence begets grief, but experience offers the choice of wisdom. Will the Archangel claim it?

A rooted trip of handmade aesthetics and analogue animations,
The Trampled Devil embodies the moral complexities and compromises of our lived experience.

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