For six months, between October 2013 and March 2014, my drawings of the poet came out of the box they live in, pressed together, stored away, to get an airing. Which they did, flying in style, thanks to the help ‘n’ advice I got from Flints Theatrical Chandlers. I needed it! They were very patient. I wanted to rig 6 m. high columns of drawings diagonally across the middle of the gallery – to make all the use of the space as I could – without drilling into the ceiling.
It worked out okay. With Eimear and Michael working 18-hour days! It happened. Now it’s come down and the exhibition is a memory I am working on a short, 10 min, film about it. I’m being helped by a host of people, Julien came to Lisbon to film, Andrew showing me, time and again, what to do, Dave looking at the sound, Sara editing every evening after work for weeks…, months – it takes an unbelievably long time, this film-making lark.
It’s beginning to get there, trying to do a couple of things in the production a bit differently, which I hope, in the end, will work, but really it’s the two audiences for the film who are different – either people who have never heard of Fernando Pessoa and, if they have, who know very little about him, or the people for whom he needs no introduction, but are interested to see what this artist has made of the subject. Hope to have it done in the next three to four weeks. Then we’ll see!