Still Life 1997

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Still Life: Eight-channel video installation, Open Space, Victoria, BC, 1997.

Using video, written text, and spoken text in conjunction with decontextualized objects, this installation presents a shifting dialogue on memory, identity and emotions surrounding a death. Through examining the ritualized process of sorting through a deceased person’s belongings, I invite a confrontation with the fear, denial and guilt that inevitably arises. The deteriorating images on the monitors, the visual associations with the objects, and the multi-layered aural and written texts highlight the subjective, ephemeral nature of memory and the connection between possessions and identity in this culture.