A Paradise out of a Common Field
Short Animation Film by Bassam Al-Sabah
'A Paradise Out Of A Common Field' is a short-animated film by Bassam Al-Sabah and Jennifer Mehigan, that explores the iconography of the zombie. The origin of the zombie in general cultural history is relatively unknown, but within the confines of this film, she emerges from a lush garden and is submerged into the ocean. Playing with dream worlds that consist of feral horses and writhing flowers, horizons and image planes unfold to disorient viewers, while the audio transports you through an interpretation of the history of the Irish graveyard and its relationship to trauma.
Zombies don’t have an origin
Feral zombie silence
Begins in lushness and ends in barrenness, return to water
Horizon and planes and fields
The unthinkable size of the ocean
Lack of orientation as to where the shore is
Jennifer Mehigan (Ireland/Singapore) is an artist based in Belfast. With a background in floristry and graphic design, her work combines the cliches of contemporary recovery and self-help literature with queer Irish histories and the violent poetics of abstraction. Her often multi-disciplinary installations are grounded in a framework of painting, beginning as images that morph into text, sound, smell and taste. Mehigan regularly creates work in collaboration with Bassam Al-Sabah.