"Among the most difficult memories, well beyond any geometry that can be drawn, we must recapture the quality of the light; then come the sweet smells that linger in the empty rooms, setting an aerial seal on each room in the house of memory..."
—Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
My work explores the relationships between light, space, and perception. I recreate and re-present subtle, often overlooked phenomena as an immersive video installation, integrating projection into the site. By utilizing the available light and space of the site in conjunction with recorded phenomena, I conflate reality and the simulated. In Jean Baudrillard's text Simulations,he discusses the "Age of Simulation," the Postmodern Universe that embodies hyperreality. This world of screens, entertainment, and technology provides experiences that amplify reality, providing an escape from the banal. My work, in part, is a reaction against this emphasis of spectacle. I simulate mundane phenomena; thus, evoking an anti-spectacle. As such, my work stresses the importance of sensorial acuity and forces the viewer to actively perceive. The body is implicated as a sensate organ.
This installation recalls the quality of light that once existed in the Meštrovic´ Gallery, a former artist's studio (built in 1955). Sculptor Ivan Meštrovic´ created works beneath the vaulted wood ceiling of the studio, which originally contained a row of large skylights. These windows flooded the room with natural light, allowing the space to breathe with the weather and shifting time of day. I attempt to reimagine the architecture's memory of light, imbuing the space with agency and consciousness. According to Meštrovic´, that which he valued the most was the opportunity to make art "...as long as the light lasts." By resurrecting the history of the site (from the studio to the gallery), I create an elegy of light and space.