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john kellock, visual art, artist, scotland, guatemala, glasgow, music, musician, film, opera, countertenor, painting, installation, contemporary art, ecolibri, anzan, anzan design

Title, 2021, Material(s), Dimensions 30 x 20 x 2 cm

In 2011, whilst undertaking a Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy in Florence and an Artist-In-Residence Programme at the Siena Art Institute, I performed a vocalisse on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. The performance became a poetic gesture as I released 2,000 sunflower petals collected around Tuscany to trace a yellow line down the River Arno.

Title, 2021, Material(s), Dimensions 30 x 20 x 2 cm

Inspired by a quote from La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri, "Shall Not Lovers Weep?" This project was conceived as a metaphor for connecting history, poetry, and the environment through the flow of voice and movement of the river. As a site of both historical importance at the nexus of wealth, art, trade and a symbol of innovation in architecture and engineering, the Ponte Vecchio connects a divided urban landscape as a symbol of the city.

This project was supported by the John Kinross Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy and the Siena Art Institute.

How can a poetic act draw and sing a line through built and riparian landscapes?



Performance: 'Shall Not Lovers Weep'

Location: Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Year: 2011

Royal Scottish Academy Collection

© John Kellock

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