Some Say Oil Acorn Fatty Gears by Paul Westcombe
Paul Westcombe's Some Say Oil Acorn Fatty Gears is a phantasmagoric installation, inspired by Raymond Roussel's extravagant and surreal 1914 novel Locus Solus.
Westcombe's installation consists of an experimental wall-drawing and painting installation with theatrical elements, including an audio/video projection by the artist and creative collaborators Dramatic Soprano Katrina Sheppeard and Playwright Geoffrey Williams.
Williams wrote a short novel inspired by the installation and a recording of Sheppeard's mouth during her performance of two arias will be projected on to a large theatre gauze in the RADA Bar. The arias, 'Paving Beetle' and 'Teeth Mosaic' were composed for the installation by Sheppeard and Westcombe and are inspired by Roussel's work. The compositions use two different coding methods, in a nod to the writer's use of codes and ciphers in his literary works.
Westcombe's work is known for its beautifully executed drawing and mocking humour. He creates "fantasy worlds of the imagination as a means of alleviating boredom and confinement" and is interested in the power of "human desire: the capacity to construct the grotesque and phantasmagorical in moments of sensory deprivation."
For RADA Festival 2018 Westcombe's installation Head To Toe was loosely based on the novel of the same name written by the playwright Joe Orton, who graduated from RADA in 1953.
Katrina Sheppeard is a Dramatic Soprano who has performed extensively within the UK at English National Opera, Germany and recently in Australia at the Sydney Opera House, in roles including Vanessa, Fidelio, Turandot, Tosca and Aida.
Some examples of Paul's previous work.