Interview with Stephanie Rose Wood - In Love, Light and Truth
I think that most people have a ghost story to tell. The story acts as their piece of evidence that there could be something that lies beyond our immediate perception. This work encourages people to tell these stories, but I’m not concerned with proving or disproving the existence of spirits.
Spiritualism is a subject matter which encourages much inquisitiveness and upon my response to the question, ‘what are you working on at the moment?’, I’m usually asked the same follow up questions; ‘have you been converted?’ or, and I think more interestingly; ‘what do you believe?’ This is a question that I have asked myself throughout the making of this work- although it was never my intention to address it and nor was it my motivation. The question still confronted me on each day that I spent taking pictures, interviewing people, and on the many times when neither of these things happened, and I was just drinking tea, eating biscuits and having a chat. I wouldn’t say that I am a practicing Spiritualist. Whether or not I believe, it is a question that has been left unanswered.
I plan to continue with this work in Australia. My practice is firmly research led, which is the stage I’m in at the moment. I’m considering different ways of telling the next chapter in the story. I would like to use a number of different platforms and find new ways to encourage viewers to participate and engage with the subject matter on a first-hand basis, rather than just through the experience as I have documented it. This is why there is a participatory aspect to the exhibition. A medium will be hosting an ‘open circle’ within the exhibition space. This is an opportunity for participants to learn the processes of harnessing their own psychic powers and meeting their spirit guides through meditation. One’s feelings toward life and death are intrinsically personal and through a more interactive mode of storytelling, I hope to allow for such a space where they can be explored.
The psychology of belief in the supernatural will continue to fuel the kind of work that I make- those intangible and uncanny aspects of human existence, which arise from unexplainable almost invisible experiences.
Interview by Izz Baumann.
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