To celebrate the publication of Linda France’s tenth poetry collection – influenced by her three years of writing the climate – artist Kate Sweeney has created a new film responding to Linda’s words.
“I have taken to counting what I want to call ‘Startlings’. They are creatures who, sensing their species is facing extinction, feel the cell-tingling impulse to evolve and ensure their survival. Within their tissue and bones, hearts and minds, they enact the necessary transformation. For every Endling there is a Startling.”
‘Startling’ is a film made in response to poetry by Linda France, taken from her same-titled new publication, ‘Startling’ (NWN, Faber, 2022). The beautiful idea underpinning Linda’s ‘Startlings’ (and her ‘Endlings’) resonates with Kate’s concerns in her practice; transforming materials from her intimate surroundings to produce dyes, charcoal and inks to then use in her work. The starting point for the film was a small pile of erased bits of a drawing. Containing both endings and beginnings, these ‘Rubblings’ are animated across the screen as a flock whilst retaining the trace of the bird they once were.