Frances Disley – UnNatural History Commissions

love letter to the mystery (wavertree park)

Frances Disley (born 1976, based in Liverpool, UK)

Love letter to the mystery (Wavertree Park), 2021 

Digital video, 13 min 41 sec, Courtesy of the artist

Frances Disley’s sculptures and film-works are a response to her local municipal park, which has offered sanctuary and inspiration to test ideas around the psychological benefits of being around plants, and in particular plants with medicinal properties that are common in urban landscapes. Plant life and seasonality seem to offer a level of certainty and comfort in shifting chaotic times, during which healing gifts have been prepared and conversations shared with others, allowing Disley to think about being part of a community which incorporates people, plants and place.

Credits:

Sculpture fabrication: Mike Aitken; Cinematography and editing: George Ellis; Bee footage: Andrea Ku

In conversation with: Andrea Ku, B 4 Biodiversity; Rebecca Lazarou, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and Michael Smythe, Phytology/Nomad Projects

Performers: Rachel Duncan, Emily Horrex, Niamh McCarthy; Locations: Wavertree Park, Vessel Studios, Liverpool

Getting to know you

Frances Disley (born 1976, based in Liverpool, UK)

Getting to know you, 2021. Digital video 10 min 9 sec. Courtesy of the artist

Frances Disley’s sculptures and film-works are a response to her local municipal park, which has offered sanctuary and inspiration to test ideas around the psychological benefits of being around plants, and in particular plants with medicinal properties that are common in urban landscapes. Plant life and seasonality seem to offer a level of certainty and comfort in shifting chaotic times, during which healing gifts have been prepared and conversations shared with others, allowing Disley to think about being part of a community which incorporates people, plants and place.

Credits:

Sculpture fabrication: Mike Aitken; Cinematography and editing: George Ellis; Bee footage: Andrea Ku

In conversation with: Andrea Ku, B 4 Biodiversity; Rebecca Lazarou, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and Michael Smythe, Phytology/Nomad Projects

Performers: Rachel Duncan, Emily Horrex, Niamh McCarthy. Locations: Wavertree Park, Vessel Studios, Liverpool

I never noticed it before but she could play there forever

I think it’s going to be alright tomorrow, meet me under the tree

Frances Disley’s sculptures are a response to her local municipal park, which has offered sanctuary and inspiration to test ideas around the psychological benefits of being around plants, and in particular plants with medicinal properties that are very common in urban landscapes. Plant life and seasonality seem to offer a level of certainty and comfort in shifting chaotic times, during which healing gifts have been prepared and conversations shared with others, allowing Disley to think about being part of a community which incorporates people, plants and place. 

Frances Disley’s new works were commissioned by Invisible Dust for UnNatural History at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum as part of Coventry City of Culture 2021. Publicly funded by Coventry City Council, the Wellcome Trust and National Lottery Funded by Arts Council England.

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