Fermynwoods Podcast 23 – Saoirse Horne

This episode of the Fermynwoods Contemporary Art Podcast presents a new work, O’ God of Weather by Saoirse Horne.

O’ God of Weather combines elements of ambient music, folk song, and field recording, which together paint a vivid and imaginative world, rooted in messages of phantasm and fabrication.

Somehow, through a painterly appreciation of texture, patience and solitude, the artist manages to create a sensitive and ethereal act of balladry – O’ God of Weather considers how deeply weather affects our lives – and how it can impede our access to woodland spaces. The work has a visionary awareness of multiple temporalities, giving the listener glimpses into the lived experience of the artist, while also offering interpolated fictions and folklores that lead to imaginative world building. Painting through wave, tone, harmony and storytelling, Saoirse’s work feels both permanent and ephemeral in its reverence for an invisible, yet powerful deity.

This work might make one feel as though through the simple act of listening they are part of some sacred incantation, invoking the almighty God of Weather.

A short transcript of the episode is available here, including some additional notes by the artist.

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The accompanying visual is a video response to the episode, by artist Sapphire Goss.

Saoirse Horne (stage name Lamium) is a sound artist and painter based in Aberdeen. The name Lamium derives from a dead nettle that survives only by its resemblance to the stinging plant. In that sense, at the core of Saoirse’s work, there is a focus on survival through illusion and fictioning.

For Xylophobia our guest curators for the Fermynwoods Podcast are Marie-Chantal Hamrock and Astrid Björklund. Marie and Astrid have previously collaborated as SUBTERRA for Aerial Community Radio in Aberdeen, which “navigates speculative narratives of the chthonic (of relating to or inhabiting the underworld) through text, poetry, soundscapes and music.”  The two bring their own flavour to a new series of 10 Xylophobia-themed Podcast episodes.

Sapphire Goss is a multimedia artist who uses obsolete technologies to explore experimental materiality and hybrid collaborative forms to make work that grows, decays and lives beyond the screen. Sapphire responds to each Xylophobia podcast episode with a new video.