Longing for Dolly

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Longing for Dolly

Choirstaidh McArthur

This piece describes homecoming, homesickness, and the value dedication. The images projected onto my robe and the wall behind in the photograph are collages of photographs taken last year on the Isle of Skye by myself and my mum. The significance of Skye to us both is very deep, as it has become somewhat of a spiritual home since my childhood, and a home for the close bond that we share, too. The use of the iridescent foil in the performance which this was a documentation of, is to represent the faerie pools on Skye, in a tangible and transportable way, as when one is homesick the desperation to take home part of the place to which you have become dedicated to is insurmountable. The significance of the placement of my hand on my abdomen represents family ties, specifically that of mother and daughter, and my own beginnings of longing for my own family, as a young woman. I feel that dedication to home, family, and love are the themes of this image.

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