I keep asking the question, “How long does it take to look at something?” How long does it take to see things on the surface, the thing represented, and how long to see the structure that supports the representation? I am interested in time, slowness, silence—the act and the mystery of seeing. I try to give the viewers of my films plenty of time.
I used to ask the question in sculpture, “What is this made of and what’s holding it up?” Chemically, physically, historically, culturally, linguistically, metaphorically, and politically. More recently, I’m asking how my work can serve the viewer: to soothe, to excite, to disturb, to enlighten, or to uplift. Song is where I arrived, along with the body. I found that the immersive visual experience with song has the power to penetrate the heart and bring back the dead.