Heads N' Tales

Film Synopsis: Heads N' Tales
Written and directed by Rhonda Fenwick 2009
Duration: 11 minutes 42 seconds

Rhonda initiated the Heads N' Tales Visual Arts Project in association with Think! Burnham. The work is concerned with the daily life and local stories of the people who work in and visit the local hairdressing salons. These salons are not just hairdressers, they are social spaces where people meet and swap stories about themselves and their community.

Heads N' Tales  A hair cut in progress  A hair cut in progress

Screenshot of hair salon and dancer  Dancer's head and hair lying on wooden stairs  Screenshot of hair salon and dancer

Heads N' Tales edited extract, 2.51 mins (Quicktime) - opens in a new window ->
Marino's short cuts edited extract, 2.43 mins (Quicktime) - opens in a new window ->

Eats Pearls and Swims

Film Synopsis: Eats Pearls and Swims
Written and directed by Rhonda Fenwick 2008
Duration: 10 minutes

Rhonda Fenwick's wide ranging practice - films, installations, paintings, digital art and text has sought to challenge the boundaries between art and science and to examine, through highly charged scenarios, our shared social and psychological conditions. Her work is currently concerned with these issues connected to skin conditions, namely psoriasis, examining the split between being and appearance, and the conflicting interior and external sense of self. In Eats Pearls and Swims (2008) she filmed a dancer exploring these particular issues. The story of the film is inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale the Ugly Duckling and mythology of swans. The dancer explores isolation, rejection and loss which are effectively counter-balanced with the self-realisation of inner beauty and grace.

Eats Pearls and Swims  Dancer in red  Dancer in red with shadow

Dancer and lights in church  Dancer on tiled floor  Dancer's hand

Eats Pearls and Swims edited extract, 3.43 mins (Quicktime) - opens in a new window ->

A Different Kind of Soul

..the caterpillar which hangs in the aeriel and temporary tomb of the cocoon, changes into the inert chrysalis, and then comes out into the light in the perfect shape of the butterfly; the wings are still inept, weak, like crumpled tissue paper, but in a few instants they strengthen, stretch and the newly born lifts in flight. It is a second birth, but at the same time it is a death: what has flown away is a psyche, a soul, and the ripped open cocoon, which is left on the ground is the mortal remains.

Primo Levi, Other People's Trades

..it may be difficult to admit that we have experienced a void. It is still difficult and terrifying even to imagine having been no-one, for most of us have always wanted to be or to have been someone and it is hard to imagine being nowhere for we have always striven to be to have been somewhere.

Bani Shorter, Border People

Surface and innermost core spring from the same mother tissues and throughout life they function as a single unit, divisible only by dissection or analytical abstraction, every touch initiates a variety of mental responses and nowhere along the line can I draw a sharp distinction between periphery which purely responds as opposed to central nervous system which purely thinks. My tactile experience is just as central to my thought processes as are language or categories of logic.

Deane Juhan, Job's Body

Film Synopsis: Sensitive Skin
Written and directed by Rhonda Fenwick 2007
Duration: 9 minutes 45 seconds

Sensitive Skin  Woman with gauze cape  Woman coming down stairs

Woman walking down corridor  Woman in hospital corridor  Woman and waiting patients

Sensitive Skin Video extract, 2 mins (Quicktime) - opens in a new window ->