A compelling journey through the labyrinthine gardens and ruins of Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como. Created during a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy.
The passage of time, light, and people is central to this work where location and landscape become devices to explore enclosure and isolation – both physical and psychological states. Intersecting paths open out into seemingly impossible locations, mysterious doors set into the rock reveal secret passageways, and as the cicadas call, a sense of languor gives way to obsession and an unraveling of sanity.
During the residency Mortimer mapped the grounds through thousands of still photographs, recorded each day’s weather through timelapse photography and further documented the location with video. Her diary forms the narrative base of the work, a confessional and intimate essay referencing Calvino, Borges, Mann and Twain whilst recording a personal response to the isolation and beauty of this place.
The residency was taken in collaboration with Boston based artist Robert Arnold. At Bellagio they worked together to create a collaborative bank of image and ideas with the intention of developing separate but linked responses to the residency.
Also available as a 2 channel video installation.
Copeland Gallery, Bozeman Montana. 2011
Evolution 2009 Festival. Leeds Met Gallery, UK
Stuttgarter Filmwinter. ‘Media in Space’ at Kunstbezirk Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany. 2009
Gothic at Fieldgate Gallery, London. 2008
Velocity Festival (as MP3 sound piece), Lancaster, UK. 2007
Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain. 2007