The Approach is one of a series of moving image works reflecting humanity’s relationship to hostile or oppressive environments, while exploring the liminal narrative of unresolved events. The physical degeneration of the actual environment is in transition between living and dying; a place of brittle vegetation, dead flowers and unsettled climate. The filmic entity is the space between explanation and denouement. In The Approach the camera is deployed to deliberately avoid specific framing so as to perform the unemotional function of recording. Ultimately, the escalating tension built by the travelling, but non-living camera is pitched against what it indiscriminately reveals. Outside the camera, something deliberate is enacted, but both the timing and the boundaries it exists in, are not available to the observer.
Part of Coerced Nature (2013)
Rose Art Museum, USA