Observance is an ongoing series I have been producing for the past five years. This work is a collection of videos and still images that together become a meditation on mortality: a performative work where a floral arrangement is emptied and then rearranged. Observations recalls the AIDS crisis and my personal loss of many friends. As I age I find myself in a repeating cycle as people who have made an impact on my life are now facing their mortality. I have been thinking of ways of honoring these people and those who remain. Using a still life as a metaphor for the ephemerality of the nature of time, each video recalls a person in my life. During this current world health crisis, these works seem to echo an earlier time as we face an uncertain future and adjust to a new normal. Observations takes a note from the Dutch conceptualist Bas Jan Ader's work Primary Time, 1974.
I have included four sample videos at the end of the still images. I am working these videos into loops placed in grids, as well as singular works. The printed stills are 28” x 16”, and 22" x 1 2" in varied editions of three using a different frame for each print. Archival inkjet photos on Legacy Baryta paper.