Images of Bill Viola, The Dreamers, 2013
Title quote from Bill Viola, Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House, Writings, p.253
Bill Viola’s words have crystallised something for me. They connect many of the strands that seem to crop up in my work… the experience of the body, of time, of the landscape as a physical thing. The body as conduit of the experience (simultaneously) of time and landscape, the body as a landscape in the frame.
Or rather, I don’t know if these things are apparent in my work, however, they are things which inform the choices I make.
As well as the sight of landscape, the sound of landscape enters the works. The sound of the rain and the wind in Snöplog. And Figure(s) became a sound piece – a “sculpting of time” (Viola again) through sound, object and body – falling beans alluding to waves, pebbles and the time of landscape, of the body, not of the mind.
“If you look at landscape in historical terms, you realize that most of the time we have been on Earth as a species, what has fallen on our retina is landscape, not images of buildings and cars and street lights.” Bill Viola