Music by Andrew Harrison
“Marshall McLuhan said, “The content of any medium is another medium.” Ariel is an audio-visual piece, a piece in two mediums, about a third medium; the content of Ariel is the poetry of Sylvia Plath.”
The words of Sylvia Plath were firmly in our minds when constructing this piece, from the color palette and video content to the pacing and recitation of the sounds themselves. Harnessing the strikingly visual language of the poem itself, the piece attempts to convey the several layers of Plath’s work: a recounting of her daily horse-ride, yes, but also a metaphor for her life, the tedium of existence, and for her impending death. From the tenderness of her morning routine to the chaos of her descent into mental illness, Plath maintained extraordinary beauty in her work; we hope to exemplify some of the same.