The chambered nautilus

​Vanessa Woods

USA 2010 - RT: 3:47, 16 mm - b&w film transferred to video

The Chambered Nautilus explores the idea of the Nautilus as a metaphor for the creation, transformation and the evolution of life. In nature, the nautilus shell grows in a spiral shape and consists of a series of ever-larger chambers in which that animal lives for a season until it outgrows that particular space. The Nautilus then enlarges its shell by the addition of a new chamber, suitable for its next stage of its life. Drawing from Oliver Holmes' poem of the same name, The Chambered Nautilus is animated underwater film in which objects continually transform, dissolve and evolve. Made from over 100 original photograms, and hundreds of nineteenth century collage elements, this 16mm film is entirely hand made.