Three channel installation. 9:30 loop.
Glen Dimplex Artists’ Award 2000.


Esther is a three channel video installation in which several separate 16mm medical films are combined together digitally. The work explores a fragment to find its own melancholy narrative, in this case an elderly woman attempting to rise from a hospital bed. Surgery footage displayed on a monitor delivers a subtext of personal invasion to the institutional framework of the larger projections.

Esther, a touching and intelligent use of found film from what looks like the 1960s, explores the human figure as object where Esther's middle-aged body is probed and measured by surrounding experts while videoed surgical procedures unspool nearby.

Medb Ruane. Sunday Times. 30th April 2000