About this video piece…

This is a video clip of the four-minute art installation This Way Through the Darkness. This art installation is about searching for the essence of my mother. I take videos of myself and other mothers reenacting my mother’s movements from my memory. The videos are projected onto household objects that remind me of the home I grew up in: a kitchen sink, a set of screen doors, and a window. As the viewer walks through the installation, each household object will reveal an image, then movement or gesture, with audio at specific times. A conversation can be heard throughout the installation. Threaded together, This Way Through the Darkness is meant to be experienced as one choreographed installation. 

 

Artist statement about the Art Installation piece…

 

Is absence defined as the lack of presence? If she is absent, how can I feel her? I do feel her. My mother. My dream to talk to her, to re-enter that home, is what fuels my work.

 

This Way Through the Darkness is an experiential search for the essence of my mother. I recreate fleeting impressions from our suburban home that embody my mother’s spirit and physicality. I actualize fragmented memories in sound video projections onto household objects, coming together as one choreographed installation. Ultimately, the confluence of still and moving imagery, sound and theatricality activate the essence of my mother’s spirit allowing us to feel her presence. She, I, was there all along.

Stills from the video of the installation This Way Through The Darkness