In the times we live in – being able to meditate, relax and switch-off seems essential. Life Notes – is an ambient video installation with sound. This work is a video meditation on one’s existence. It arises from the need to look past the confines of traditional photography and use multimedia arts as a language to discuss the meaning of life and our ability to stop and contemplate.
Presented in multiple videos – that can be played simultaneously or one after another, these moving photographs are composed of multiple layers of still images and video footage. I spent several weeks in Connecticut, photographing and filming my friend, artist Doug Rice. I wanted to capture his larger-than-life spirit and restless personality. I felt that his joie de vivre, his hopes, and at the same time his sadness stood for something deep inside us all.
The result of that collaboration is a work-in-progress called Life Notes – an ensemble of experimental videos nestled in magical realism, depicting one’s strange and joyful existence. The series invites self-reflection and pulls the viewer into the dream-like sequences, inviting them to revel in their strangeness and calmness.
Life Notes is a celebration of life and death, of fleeting time and one’s ability to stop and contemplate the moment. Sounds of distant music and falling rain draw the audience further in. How can we take the mundane and make it otherworldly for ourselves?
Here I wanted to create an environment, where the audience falls into introspection with ease. One’s response to this ethereal imagery is deeply personal.