Medium: Digitized 35mm film, front surface mirror, monitor, bespoke electronics
8.75 in. h. x 12 in. w. x 7.75 in. d.
The Perpetual Series
The Perpetual Series pulls the viewer into images that provoke memories in infinite ways. Their looping moving images remind us that the pieces from which we construct our current reality are already within us as the memories of movements, personalities, expressions, and gestures. The works’ simplicities hide complexities, the way fractals, by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop, depict the infinitely complex patterns of reality. These works consist of single gestures that are multiplied, staggered, and exploded through time - not just a deconstruction of individual gestures, but a representation of the sum of its parts - with themes and patterns emerging, association and potentialities that undulate through space and time.
The Myth of Proserpina
Proserpina (or Persephone) daughter of Zeus, the chief god, and Demeter, the goddess of agriculture; she was the wife of Hades, king of the underworld. In the Homeric “Hymn to Demeter,” the story is told of how Persephone was gathering flowers in the Vale of Nysa when she was seized by Hades and removed to the underworld. Upon learning of the abduction, her mother, Demeter, in her misery, became unconcerned with the harvest or the fruitfulness of the earth, so that widespread famine ensued. Zeus therefore intervened, commanding Hades to release Persephone to her mother. Because Persephone had eaten a single pomegranate seed in the underworld, however, she could not be completely freed but had to remain one-third of the year with Hades, and spent the other two-thirds with her mother. The story that Persephone spent four months of each year in the underworld was no doubt meant to account for the barren appearance of Greek fields in full summer—after harvest, before their revival in the autumn rains, when they are plowed and sown.
Proserpina's figure inspired many artistic compositions, eminently in sculpture, painting, literature and music.
Proserpina is also a main belt asteroid 95.1 kilometres in diameter, which was discovered by Robert Luther in 1853.
Type of Work: Sculpture