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The Pleasure of Vertigo, 2014, multiple channel video HD, 2:43 m:s, color, silent

Based on the story of Half Hanged Mary of Hadley, Massachusetts, this set of videos examines the twin physical experiences of rising and falling, hanging and swinging. I see these two types of swinging – the destruction of the body by hanging and the pleasure of the body in swinging – as analogs: the body being engaged in the grace of weightlessness, surviving because she breaks free of gravity.

The Pleasure of Vertigo from Ellen Wetmore on Vimeo.