Last 7 Words

Scott Treleaven

2009, 11:00 minutes, colour


"...the elder artist (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) turns her head back and forth as her blonde hair blows about and white light repeatedly swallows her visage....Despite the title, there are no utterances. And the close-cropped, slo-mo image is oddly inscrutable. Are we to perceive P-Orridge's age - an elder alchemist blow-drying her dyed blonde hair at her dressing table?....As much as fear or acceptance of one's own death may be the subject, it might otherwise be the hard work of mourning. Is knowledge of the recent passing of Lady Jaye Breyer, relevant? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, then we have drawn a full circle back to questions of love and the Beloved - although here, crucially, the beloved is absent, outside of the frame....I would argue that Last 7 Words is a portrait of love and grief, its noisy silence grasping at the inconsolable pain of losing a loved one. If the young magician fired sigils to find friends, he is now acting within the context of those friendships. Derek Jarman advised Treleaven as a young man to make artwork about his friends, and the artist appears to be still heeding this counsel. Moreover, the artwork's function remains magical, fulfilling traditional shamanic roles: to mediate loss, and to heal." - Elijah Burgher, C Magazine

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