Black Sun

2010 | c-print photograms, digital video, and acrylic mirror and electroluminescent wire sculpture

Black Sun includes digital videos, large-scale c-print photograms, and a mirrored light sculpture. The exhibition centres on the connection between time, the desert, abstraction, and wonderment. Combining stop-motion animation, time-lapse, and altered found footage the video series references New Age practices and plays with the coherence of time and perception through home-spun illusions and layering. Imagery in the series is dominated by the desert, representing a liminal space as it is one of nothingness and also inherent possibility. The lumiograms and photograms reflect photography’s history and materiality and consider what an alternative vision of photography can be. A productive uncertainty occurs in the darkroom as various enlarger filter combinations and unwieldy light sources create abstract forms. The result are metallic and glossy images that function as alternative moments that may have been in the video.

Infinity Box #2 is a collaboration between the artist and her father. The sculpture is an updated version of a primary school science fair project that they both worked on. The original consisted of a shoe box, mirror, and a strand of lights and has since been lost. A preoccupation with the youthful curiosity and wonderment that it represented led to the development of a second version of the sculpture where the viewer looks through a hole at the top of the box revealing their eye peering back at them, surrounded by a psychedelic display of infinite electroluminescent lights.