Still from video/projection artwork, by Lucy Benson
Still from video/projection artwork, by Lucy Benson
Still from video/projection artwork, by Lucy Benson
Still from video/projection artwork, by Lucy Benson
Installation inside the conservatory at the Royal tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Event photo: Bryony Jackson
Event photo: Bryony Jackson

Event photos collage: Bryony Jackson

Installation view inside the conservatory at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

‘Crawl Me Blood’ – Video Artwork, Scenography & Direction

I directed and created the Video and Projection Scenography for Crawl Me Blood, an open-air radio-play by Halcyeon McCloud and Willoh S. Weiland staged in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The work is an adaptation of Jean Rhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’.

My video references the Caribbean sugar-trade to explore color relationships and the grading/classification of skin-tone, blood-lines, identity and personhood. Whilst also describing and expanding upon the play’s narrative of generational abuse, female identity, slavery and the ricochet of colonisation across the islands.


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From Aphids website:

Crawl Me Blood brings together Australian artists each with a different family connection with the Caribbean, from Jamaica to Trinidad, from Barbados to Belize.

This work invites you into the gardens to encounter a family drama that lays bare our shared colonial history.

Credits
An adaptation of Wide Sargasso Sea by
Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S.Weiland
Composition- Felix Cross
Collaborating Artists- Natasha Jynel, Zahra Newman and Denni Proctor
System Design- Matt Daniels
Video Artist- Lucy Benson
Production Management- Josh Noble
Graphic Design- Rebecca McCauley