'Solveig' is a sound and photographic based series of works developed by Tom Hogan and Pilar Mata Dupont. Solveig, the wife Peer abandons in the Norwegian play, 'Peer Gynt', by Henrik Ibsen (1876), is re-imagined during her long wait for the reappearance of Peer. The artists have explored an alternative vision to her traditionally patient and eternally faithful persona to explore her character as one languishing in resentment, bitterness and even anger in her abandonment.
Hogan’s music is composed from repeated phrases and cells, a building of layers creating a sense of movement and passing of time overlaying the physical stillness of Solveig’s wait. As each piece progresses, no climax is ever reached – just an inevitable acceptance of the rising tension and a new awareness of the surrounding environments.
Set on a dark suburban night, Mata Dupont has depicted Solveig’s wait over three photographs, taking inspiration from Hogan’s music. Solveig haunts the space, and her figure, occupying the small pockets of brightness from the street lights, is often hard to distinguish from the landscape.
Audiences sit between the dichotomies of the still image and the moving sound, meeting each artistic philosophy halfway – finding activity in the immobile, and a tranquillity in the building anxiety.