The seething, cloudy flames of Doug Foster’s film installation The Heretics’ Gate evoke both menacing and ethereal emotions in his interpretation of the realms of Hell. The interactive installation, which plays with reflection and symmetry, will show at James Lavelle’s Daydreaming with… St. Michael’s. Foster tells jotta what he hopes his fire and brimstone effects will invoke in his viewer.
When envisioning The Heretics’ Gate, did you draw on any other interpretations of Hell to shape your work?
I looked up images of Dante’s Inferno to get some thoughts on how to approach the project visually. At the time I had been experimenting with liquids and lights and discovered the fiery, flame-like effect of liquids. It was interesting that this effect is quite hellish. I was fortunate to be doing these experiments at the time when The Heretics’ Gate came along. Everything fell together quite nicely.
Note: Originally published on jotta on April 26, 2011