In this work, my intent was to evoke our unacknowledged complicity in the shifts in the stability of our own increasingly technologized bodies. For each exhibition venue, I responded to the specific sites by altering the space of the gallery and the components of the installation.
In the installation at the Dunlop Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, the common window wall between the adjoining library and the gallery acted as a metaphoric membrane that sat between the gallery/body and the external world. Through the window of the gallery, intimate enlargements of body/skin slowly dissolved from one image to another. These images were projected onto two layers of theatrical scrim progressing back to the far wall of the gallery. Some images implied or evoked fusion between the body and a computer, others skin/animal pelts. Still others read as internal body parts. A video camera pointed out into the space of the library was triggered by anyone approaching the window. Their image was picked up by the camera and merged into the body projections. Entering the space of the gallery triggered an audiotape. Embedded into the projected image on the back wall was the following text:
Already have I once been a boy and a girl,
and a bush and a bird,
and a silent fish in the sea.
Empedocles (circa 440 BCE)