London-based artist Zoee releases folkloric fourth video for album track ‘The Empty Glass’ from her debut album ‘Flaw Flower’.
The video, shot in rural Kent and made in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Robert George Sanders and director Dani d’Ingio, invites the viewer into an otherworldly ceremony about family, love, magic and time.
On the song Zoee said “Lyrically ‘The Empty Glass’ explores how the seasonal rhythm of our lives can summon waves of nostalgia and self-reflection. Sometimes these moments of reflection can bring up difficult memories, so through the song I seek to make peace with the past in order to welcome in the new.”
Director Dani d’Ingeo, who is an Italian queer filmmaker and photographer living in London, offered further insight into the video concept, saying “When working on the visuals for The Empty Glass, I was mostly driven by the raw emotion of nostalgia that the track evoked in me. It is a song about love and coming to terms with the past. We began looking into collective healing and rituals and ended up in the magical universe of folklore and paganism. We wanted to transport the viewer into the same oneiric reality Zoee’s work lives in. Working with my extremely talented friend Robert George Sanders was an honour and a dream come true. We sat down in his studio and he let me into his universe of fantastic colourful outfits and ever-powerful nature. We discussed the themes of the song and my ideas of creating a healing ritual through the visuals, and we decided we had to make the shoot feel as genuine and close to an actual ritual as we could. Witchcraft never happens casually.”
Both Robert, a multidisciplinary artist based both in London and the Kent countryside, and his mum Georgie practice witchcraft and so it was important that the collaboration allowed them to take the lead on the art direction for the film. Through a mix of digital and super 8 footage the video beautifully captures Robert’s interdisciplinary world of garments, make-up, objects and performance within the backdrop of the local landscape close to where he grew up. The authentic energy captured on set is a very pure visual evocation of the sentiments of self-love and rebirth explored within the song.