Lament interweaves site-specific found objects, animation, poetry and music to explore a personal narrative of loss, longing and belonging in the Welsh borderlands.
Director and animator Sean Vicary
In collaboration with Ceri Rhys Matthews
Technical Assistant Steve Knight
Musicians Ceri Rhys Matthews, Ceri Jones and Christine Cooper
Spoken Word Beverley Evans
Supported by Small World Centre, Cardigan, Animate Projects, and by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales
Lament explores the liminal environment of the Welsh borderlands and examining ideas of landscape, identity and loss.
'I was born in this area and some of my earliest memories involve looking west across the border toward the Welsh hills and constructing an imaginary geography. Now I am able to look back eastwards and examine this childhood landscape from a new perspective and in doing so reevaluate my place within it.' Sean Vicary
Original material shot on 5Dmk2 DSLR
Dragonframe used for stop motion sequences
Compositing in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop
Audio editing in Logic Pro and Soundtrack
Final assembly and edit in Final Cut Pro
My work is primarily concerned with ideas of ‘landscape’ (internal and external) and our increasingly politicised interaction with the ‘natural’ world. I use found objects and fragments of detritus to explore this relationship, manipulating these elements in a virtual space to create animated assemblages. These act as triggers for the viewer, sometimes suggestive of a wider narrative or the hidden processes at play behind the visible.
Ceri Rhys Matthews is regarded as one of Wales finest and most innovative folk musicians. He has toured worldwide both as a solo performer and with Fernhill, the group he formed in 1996 Performances on the International stage include the Edinburgh festival, Armagh pipe festival, Hay literature festival and major British Council tours in Vietnam, Libya, the Middle East and Africa. He has written music for television and film including contributing to two BAFTA Cymru award winning film soundtracks, Beautiful Mistake by filmmaker Mark Evans and The Comets Tale by animator Gerald Conn.
In 2005 he set up his own record label and recorded an album of traditional Welsh flute music and spoken word called 'Yscolan' celebrating 'the fabric of the lives of ordinary people, living and dead, as expressed through their anonymous art."'