Installation views: Never Too Much, 2023, single change HD video no sound, 18 min and Never Too Much, 2023, C type print on Epson Fine Art Pearl, printed area 190cm x 90cm. ‘…and that’s only half the story’, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, September 2 – October 8, 2023.
Photos by Joost Joosen.
Never Too Much, 2023, single channel HD video no sound, 18min.
Never Too Much is a single channel HD video that explores quantum forms of self-expression and transformation centred on the artist’s emotional and embodied worlds. Heaney’s aim was to come in contact with ‘the other’ within by opening up a gateway through a slimy orifice. Besides personal experience, Heaney’s references range from the psychological (Gabor Mate’s The Myth of Normal & Jung) to natural history (Suzanne Wedlich’s Natural History of Slime) to feminist philosophy (Karen Barad’s essay On Touching: the Inhuman that I therefore am). The artist filmed herself sucking and regurgitating blue, green and black slimes, her mouth becoming a portal between binaries offering a glimpse into both inner and outer worlds. These clips are layered and interwoven, their opacity and transparency determined by the intricate relationships formed within the quantum realm. The quantum editing process, guided by Heaney’s self written quantum computing code, magnifies the collective experience of the frames, inviting you, the observer, to reflect on the hidden dimensions within yourself.