And Dark Was The Night

2009   98 x 140 cms   NFS

In And Dark Was the Night, Syd Uhe, with candle flame with sombre concertration attempts to preserve the flame. This conjunction, as with other works, turns the event/element of factual local life into a cinematic ceremonial moment. giving it a resonance with the manner of such artists as Tarkovsky, Goya or Caravaggio . The inspiration derived from Tarkovsky's, 'Nostalgia' where the central character, with candle in hand, walks several times across St Catherine's pool attempting to preserve the flame from being extinguished. This depicts an internal test of faith and psychic endurance in the face of formidable pressures.