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Casting Breath

Casting Breath is an attempt to visualise the intangibility of breath and life. Blowing into a balloon and casting the inside of it with plaster, enabled me to solidify a part of my breath. The piece is very fragile ..... and so is my breath. A short film captures the fragility of life when I burst the balloon.


The concept of Casting Breath is further explored through a community project. The short film reveals the fragile plaster sculpture being moved around from hand to hand. Every time it is held, fragments of plaster break off and are placed into the sculpture and passed on. This is symbolic of how we are all linked physiologically and are therefore, equal. It highlights life and ‘passing on’. It is also reminiscent of the Christian eucharistic ceremony of the breaking of the bread and sharing it. It is interesting to observe the language through this particular material engagement; how each participant handles the fragile sculpture differently and how they each adapt their movements to it, as well as how they pass it on.

© Angele Lautier

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