Romy Northover x Silent Living : Language of Aesthetics
Silent Living and Romy Northover unite to present Language of Aesthetics, a video produced by Cereal and directed by Raspberry & Jam. The video presents the latest installation realized by Northover on the grounds of Casa No Tempo. Located 1 hour south of Lisbon in Montemor o Novo, the house is part of Silent Living, a series of four curated residences in Portugal aiming to encourage quietness, time and place awareness.
"We all have bodies, nervous systems, and beating hearts, which channel our emotions. They have natural rhythm. I wanted the sculptures to interact with that rythm, and to make the viewer aware of his or her body. The outsized bench makes you aware of your own scale. Similarly, you find yourself measuring your height against the charred fence posts."
— Romy Northover
The artist had planned to realize works in ceramic, but when she arrived, she instead let herself drift and got inspired by the spirit of the place, that had for long belonged to Silent Living family before being renovated by architect Manuel Aires Mateus.
For Casa No Tempo, Northover designed four sculpture using materials coming from the building itself. She located them on the grounds near the house, allowing for a new perspective of the residence.
"I walked the grounds repeatedly, looking for the right observation points. I wanted the audience to find unexpected parallels between the surroundings and the sculptures I would place there."
— Romy Northover
Genuinely working with her connection to nature, Northover here created a work responding to Casa No Tempo timeless environment ; nurturing contemplation and peacefulness.