This video installation points to the phenomenology of interiors and intimate space. In this work, images and objects are manipulated and extended through extreme close-ups, multi-channel, and projection, resulting in a space that assesses softness and hardness simultaneously. Two hard plasma screen portray soft textures and patterns that constitute interior space, such as wallpaper, furniture and upholstery, drapes and curtains, and tiles, while a soft object, a round table mirror with pantyhose stretched over it, reveals projected images of utilitarian and sculptural objects that reaffirm an identity and are characterized by their hard surfaces, texture and craft, such as a hair comb, hair pins, and a wooden African fertility sculpture.
These shots, characterized by unfamiliar framing approaches and durational steady-cam movements, reflect my devotion to these spaces and objects, as well as their supernatural qualities. These sacred objects, most of which are used in everyday rituals, speak of a self-created space and a sense of control over one’s environment, which is empowering, yet imbued with melancholia.
The sound of the street blends with non-diegetic underwater sounds, all intermittently enveloped by a saxophone playing Duke Ellington’s “Melancholia” in reverse.