2006

echo

sound installation, videosculpture

When I made ECHO, I was experimenting with found glass as a drawing tool, creating three-dimensional exploded diagrams that articulated aspects of the videos I incorporated into them. In this piece, I was thinking about the layers of insulation and vulnerability we place at different levels of our emotional selves; the graphic beauty and repulsion that comes from too much information and simultaneous defense. A series of concentric glass bells—placed on an echocardiogram of my own mitral valve (also referred to as an “ECHO”)—create an anamorphic hologram; layers of reflecting video seduce viewers into looking deep into my utterly exposed yet precision-defended heart. (Sound artist Byram Abbott approximated the eerie, whipping noise made by the Doppler ultrasound, but which was missing on the recording of my heart.)

 

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