Tape #1 1974 (Circa.)

1974, 9:34 min, b&w, sound
1974, 2:12 min, b&w, sound
1974, 2 min, b&w, sound
1974, 1:38 min, b&w, sound
1974, 3:29 min, b&w, sound

Two twigs, stuck in a plot of soil with a little cross made of twigs between them, bend slightly over a gravesite. A rustling sound—crumpled paper meant to evoke the mournful sobbing of the sticks—mixes with traffic noises outside Maughan's studio. The scene is as pathetic as it gets, especially when applied to a potentially cinematic scenario. Two Sticks Mourning at Another Stick's Funeral sets the stage for Maughan's macabre versions of sensational situations, all revolving around death and mortality. The assorted stagings suggest a sampling of genre references, including the Western in Two Sticks, horror movies in Suicide, educational film in Arteries and Veins, and melodrama in A Violent Death.