Appalling Nature (Erin in Snow), 2020


Appalling Nature (Erin in Snow), 2020
Single-channel HD Video, Hand-drawn Animation, Found Footage
9’23”
Featuring Erin Nixon
Narrated by Richard Smart & Emilie Crewe



Erin is on her way home after a long day’s work. She follows the elongated shadows of barren trees as she struggles to find her way, battling her own inner voice. Unsure if she is being hunted, her thoughts align with a nearby doe, whose instincts are sparked by carnal awareness.

An array of household pets serve as counterparts to the protagonist’s own sense of captivity. Like Erin, they are unintentional prisoners. They are her unforeseen spirit guides; animal totems of her everyday stresses.

A thoughtful meditation on anxiety and uncertainty, Appalling Nature is a journey through mental suffering and winter landscapes.


emiliecrewe@gmail.com

I gratefully acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples - sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.