- 16mm film transferred to digital video, colour, sound, duration 6 min 35 secs
- Purchased 2020
Commissioned as a response to an untitled poem by artist Joanna Margaret Paul, Nova Paul’s Still Light is a reflection on the domestic and intimate. Shot in 16mm film, the camera traces around objects and follows light shifting across domestic surfaces, creating fluctuations in colour and flickering shadow. A fittingly tender soundtrack is provided by Nova’s friend and sometime collaborator Bic Runga.
The room is close with mystery this morning heavy green folds of velvet curtain are patterned with light the sky breaks in panes of almost blue & casts a white mirage upon the ceiling mirror filled with things the white dove-cote outhouse received from another window with its dark apertures a mound of sunlit ivy a light blue room caught, held in the round lid of some vessel open on the dressing table. Or so the room seems to be heavy & punctuated with mystery in the early stillness & I would drift out & put on the room, the day a close & heavy garment for my pregnancy, but the obdurate shape by my side prevents my peaceful mingling with the folded curtain & the light the mirror the window the pale day… Excerpt from untitled poem by Joanna Margaret Paul Like Love Poems: Selected Poems, Victoria University Press, 2006
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