A Paradise Out Of a Common Field
HD Film, CGI, 5 minutes 32 seconds Commissioned by RTE for The Illuminations Gallery
“A Paradise Out Of A Common Field” is a short animated film by Jennifer Mehigan and Bassam Issa
that explores the iconography of the zombie. The origin of the zombie in general cultural history
is relatively unknown, but within the confines of this film, she emerges from a lush garden and
is submerged into the ocean. Playing with dream worlds that consist of feral horses and writhing
flowers, horizons and image planes unfold to disorient viewers, while the audio transports you
through an interpretation of the history of the Irish graveyard and its relationship to trauma.