The Work Room residency working on physical movement for Gallanach. A grey room. In the background, right hand side, blurred ballet barre. In the foreground, a female presenting figure, simple ancient Greek style black dress. Copper wire in front of figure, from top left corner to bottom right corner. More copper wires behind. Figure is facing left hand side of image, head tilted up slightly, body standing but bent forward, arms outstretched as in an offering. Hands holding a small black stoneware bowl filled with water. Light red hair in 1930s style.
Amy McLachlan, The WorkRoom, Tramway. July 2017. Photo by Brian Hartley

Amy Rosa – Gallanach

Gallanach is a live art work investigating chronic pain and chronic fatigue by artist Amy Rosa. For this durational performance, the artist is surrounded by an intricate geometric web of live copper wire, like a fly caught in the centre of a spider’s web. Carrying shallow bowls filled with water, she moves through the wires and inevitably is electrocuted. The audience shares the real time frustrations as the artist travels through the space with increasing difficulty, demonstrating the accumulative pressures of chronic fatigue and pain.

Gallanach opens up conversations about chronic illnesses and the durational aspect of living with them. The work creates a space where we can question and celebrate the difficult adaptations that have to be made; the visible and invisible barriers that can keep us from living in the present; and the power of female healers and wise women.

Production details

Sian Baxter