Nylon, Resin, Ink, Steel Wire, Copper, Hemp, Burned Japanese Paper, Welded Steel, Mangrove Seedlings
24 x 50 feet
Installation at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Performance with: Yara Travieso (Director and Choreographer) Stephanie Jaimes (Cellist), Mira Lehr (Artist and Set Designer), Amanda Crider (Mezzo Soprano), Jacqueline Bulnes (Dancer); Not pictured: David Redmond (Fabricator and Engineer) and Ingrid Travieso (Costume Designer)
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Miniature video installation (16” x 8” x 7”)
Collaboration with Yara Travieso
Enacting the famous aria, Dido’s Lament, from Henry Purcell’s baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas, the project places Dido, the queen of Carthage, in an abstract swampland; a dance performed by Ms. Travieso ----From the beginning of the original opera, Dido is fated to tragedy. Once her despair sets in during Act 3, Queen Dido sings a haunting aria depicting her end as being “laid in earth”, consumed by nature, as she pleads to be remembered by the grandeur of her life:
When I am laid, am laid in earth,
May my wrongs create No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
The installation depicts a swampland, where Dido is beginning to be overtaken by its surrounding mangroves. The murky waters of the swamp leave no trace; that which is swallowed is erased, digested by a seething mass of organisms. Dido is a tragic character, created on the precipice of her own ruins. The box theater invites the viewer into the spectacle of opera, the magic of cinema, and the tactility of an object, creating a dynamic stage for this radical re-visioning of a baroque icon.
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Video installation in collaboration with Yara Travieso
The performative quality to Lehr’s process is directly linked to the spectacle of the violent ignition of fire against the slow motion pouring and setting of liquid resin. V1 V3 is a collaboration with NY based video artist, director and choreographer Yara Travieso. In this video, Lehr’s work is transformed into an overwhelming tank of sound, video and architecture, as a lit fuse violently magnifies motion and time. By assembling a series of works that exist in the physically tangible, video, and live platforms, the artist directly confronts the role of time in her own work, juxtaposing the permanent and the temporal.
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