Rupert White

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Willow's Theme




















Willow's Theme is a video in which contemporary footage from the Helston Flora Day, a pagan festival in Cornwall, UK is collaged with the final scenes from The Wicker Man.

Willow is the character played by Britt Ekland in the 1973 film.

Layered throughout is the guitar motif from Willow's Song played by the artist, who is wearing a blonde wig.

The wig is an attempt to invoke the character of Willow, but it also alludes to androgynous rock guitarists such as Mick Ronson who, in 1973, was playing in David Bowie's band.

The work therefore borrows from Dan Graham in exploring the links between Rock music and Paganism, in the context of a very particular rural setting.