Holly Slingsby + Lucy Newman Cleeve


Antiphon for an Interruption


This work was made during the Winter of the third lockdown, at a time when one of the few ways to have contact with a person outside your immediate household or bubble was through small rectangular windows on a computer screen.

This is how we met each other. We have yet to meet in person.

The form of the work takes its cue from the space defined by video conferencing software. It represents a dialogue between us as we tried to discern common themes between our work. At some point, our spoken words capitulated to the dialogue between the images we offered each other.

The images started to speak to us about longing, absence, discernment and renewal, gently mocking our stuttering attempts to invoke a desired outcome or an escape from the monotony of our day-scape.

In this space, the only thing to do was to get up and do it again.


I Go Down To The Shore
I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.

Mary Oliver


Holly Slingsby   hollyslingsby.com   @hollyslingsby

Lucy Newman Cleeve   manandeve.co.uk   @manandeve