Bridget Riley, Shih-Li, 1975
The lines draw you in. They want to prepare you, in the utmost stillness, for the moment you can no longer see them. The colours shift and move before you, or is it within you? Your eyes begin to water as you begin to exist on the surface of your skin.
"The Mandjet" is a soundwork I made in response to the painting "Shih-Li" by Bridget Riley and was first heard on "The Gallery" episode of Short Cuts on Radio 4.
Shih-Li, for me, feels like a trip on board The Mandjet, one of the earliest mythological examples of a space travelling vessel, a solar ship that carried Ra across the sky each day.
Undulations of light cresting the bow - singing bowls and sinewaves, elapsing like waves without weight in an ever journeying arc...