This work Small Stories 2008-2009 © Amy Walsh consists of a series of animated actualities,here are four of them titled Sweep, Cycle, Walk and Push.
This work was shot while Amy was on an artist residency with the Visual Artist Association of Iceland August 2008. In this work Amy uses stop motion photography and audio to depict a habitual scene from the every day. Each of these scenes details an individual carrying out an activity within a suburban environment. The model appearance of the environment infers that the individual is living within a microcosm of society.
At first glance it is as if the viewer is looking at a model town. On closer inspection, the viewer will see the individual within each of these environments. The actions carried out by the individual in each scene tell a story not only of the individual but also of the society in which they live. The audio in each of the scenes references the task that the individual is performing and leads the viewer to discover the individual within the scene.
Stop motion photography was chosen as a medium in which to work as it causes the viewer to become aware of the recording process, the visibility of the broken movement between successive frames highlights the process and questions the staged reality of each scene.
The first installation of this work was shown in the exhibition Role-Play 2009 , which was an artist initiated exhibition at the Unit H Gallery at Market Studios.