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Uploaded on Mar 8, 2011
This sound piece was commissioned by Meadow Arts as part of the Still Life exhibition at Hanbury Hall (National Trust) Worcestershire, 2007. The piece was located in the Snob's tunnel at Hanbury Hall.
Dating back to the early 18th century, 'Snob's' tunnel was designed as a route for the estate workers between their working place and the house. The idea was that they should not be seen by the owners and visitor and 'spoil' the perfect vistas. The sound installation Throat was designed in surround-sound to be experienced as an auditory journey while passing through the tunnel. We can hear the voice of an old woman uttering basic phonetic sounds, like a child learning to speak. This collision of an old voice nearing the last breath and the childlike utterances creates a haunting space between silence and words. In this emotional resonance are all the words that might have been spoken by voices now stilled.
Daphne Wright's work plays with the desire we seem to have for an encounter with beauty in art. Much of her work is visually stunning in a relatively conventional sense. Yet what is central to these works is that on both the macro and micro scale - the distanced and the intimate - Wright wilfully undermines this promise of pleasure.
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