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A Massive Nothing

Claire Lawrie’s work A Massive Nothing combines, in a triptych, found video footage from YouTube of 100 women in childbirth alongside still portraits that capture viewer’s reactions to the video.


Subjects were unaware of what they were to watch. Claire was interested in recording reactions to the primacy of birth, and in the juxtaposition of moving footage of active childbirth with the still serene portraits of the onlookers, a reworking of the traditional altarpiece.


Claire Lawrie. 2011.

Multi-media Collage of Still Image/Video with Sound