Video: A projection that stretches the instant of the snapshot to 17 minutes, guiding the eye into the space and across the surfaces of a single photographic image: a snapshot taken of a mirrored reflection of a living room in 1996, capturing the artist herself holding the camera. The viewer is drawn into a haptic and spatial relationship with the objects depicted, pushing the image beyond pictorial fixity and photographic instantaneity. A child, an empty seat, a reading figure, a camera flash create a strange family portrait and a possible story begins to emerge from the trance-like, lingering camera.The 17-minute video is then re-viewed in inverted form as though through a reflection.
The piece creates another form of being in and feeling time, as well another way of being with an image. Painting (eg Chardin) and early photography (eg. Talbot, Niepce) are invoked as works that, pre-dating our contemporary rhythm of image fruition, inhabited time worlds akin to Cardelus’.
Pitcher: An oversized ceramic pitcher (the artist’s recreation of a pitcher visible in the snapshot) with mirrored glaze stands adjacent to the projection, reflecting the projection light. The pitcher was made by the artist with traditional coil technique that endows the object with a built-in, looping temporality sympathetic to the adjacent, looping, time-based video.