Fatima Fletcher

Title : El Bufadero

Medium: MP4 Video

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About the artwork:

On the North West coast of Gran Canaria just outside the town of La Garita there is a natural phenomenon called ‘El Bufadero’.

The sea has carved a cauldron shape into the volcanic coastline and twice a day when the tide is right waves pour in, filling the bowl up, becoming a vortex of broiling, swirling seawater. The finale comes as a spume of water is blasted to the sky, as pressure builds and forces the sea through a tiny fissure in the rocks.

Filling and emptying, blowing, broiling and foaming ‘El Bufadero’ is a thing of both terror and beauty.

Since moving here I have visited this phenomenon with fear and fascination. One particular day the sky was dark and overcast and ‘El Bufadero’ was performing at its best. As I stood on the crazy paved pathway next to a waste bin watching the spectacle from a distance, the clouds suddenly parted allowing a ray of sun to hit the fluorescent red life belt attached to the warning sign, simultaneously a rainbow arced down into the sea.

For me this is a perfect moment, magic conjured by nature that made me gasp and want to relive it over and over again.

I tried to recreate it through pen and ink drawings, I tried to recapture it with photography and video. Alone neither of these methods worked, so I put them together and now it can loop forever.

About Fatima:

I am from London in the UK and currently based in Salinetas, Gran Canaria. My art is a time thing, merging past, present and imagining what is to come. I use different materials – drawing, painting, video and photography.

My recent work has been portraiture and I use friends and family as models changing them into vomiting mermaids, masked Lords and Ladies, as themselves enacting a story about their lives, or holding a weapon of choice as they attempt to walk home safely.

Now, revisiting my background in video and performance I am making work inspired by the rugged and unforgiving volcanic landscape here in Gran Canaria; relentlessly bashed by the Atlantic ocean – the skyline being punctuated by wind turbines and the rocks by lizards.
Combining drawing, photography and video the first of these is ‘El Bufadero’ my submission to ‘Elsewhere & other places’.