i can only describe how it seemed was installed in a closet-turned-to-blackbox with a door covering, and featured over 400 feet of screen printed silver mylar tape, hung around the closet’s three facing walls. A video was projection mapped onto the mylar tape, which was pressed smoothly onto the wall in some places and carefully strewn––sometimes wrinkling, folding, and criss-crossing over each other––in others. The image printed on the mylar tape was originally printed on aluminum foil, manipulated, re-photographed, and printed onto the mylar tape. The aluminum foil version of this image was used to make the projection for the work. The final visual effect of the installation was a glistening, abstracted pattern of crinkly material that seemed to either burst out from the point of projection, or come together to form that point.

 

Our language does not provide us with the words to properly explain a non-human, material behavior. I am better able to explain the connection I feel to such a material, especially when that material seems to be most true to itself, than I am able to describe to another person exactly how the material behaved in order to create that beautiful connection. I can only approximate the poorly-understood and vastly-understated complexity of what we consider to be simple materials that behave simply.

 © 2020 by Grace Marie DeWitt, visual artist

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