Women At Sea

Chantal Thompson

1997, 03:00 minutes, colour, English


There are wooden rocking boats on the water, but we can't see them. An impending storm threatens to change the lullaby of the women at sea, but seemingly forever, they are locked in a gentle gesture in the 'eternal recurrence' of memory.

It's about movement through a moment and spotting its' various characteristics. The intense creak of a hull giving way to natural elements. The over exposed swell at the top of the wave pushing forward and then darkening, breaking off - to speak, the ringing around auras.

From a distance she puts her glasses back on, it is revealed that they are on dry land, the perspective changes. A symbolic omen floats as though in water, flickering with the projected light. It sucks smoke into its' roots - a genie returning to the bottle - a witch spiraling back into the earth. The combination of these last two scenes represent our categorical nature, a pulling back and then an attempt to label.

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