Jenny Mellings











Crisium is a poetic vision of empty Lunar landscapes crowded with remembered fragments of Earthly life. The film is about an imaginary escape to the moon, perhaps during a crisis, in which Earthly sounds and visions form against the background of it’s pale and empty surface features.

It was created using a rough animation process made directly with charcoal onto large scale black and white photographs. The source of the content was a sixteenth century engraving of the Moon made by Claude Melan (found in the Cottonian collection of the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery),after the first close -up sketches of it by Galileo.

The film also features photographic material gathered from various sources, and redrawn fragments from other engravings.

Some of the drawings which result from this animation process can also be exhibited, but most get destroyed during the process of animation.