“We cannot escape from time when we consider life as a corporeal one (life is in a state of continual dying, Thomas More), or how we conjecture on loss and injury within our cultural psyches. Death is like time - it is the constant hum that moves alongside. “Death is hidden in the clocks” (quoted by Calvino, Six Memos). In Chinese cultural psyche, the notion is death is dealt with through the practice of keeping ancestral portraits as part of ancestral worship: in such an instance, time is also defeated by this memorialisation.
The work attempts to capture that still moment, that one split second when it stretches into eternity. This is also when death sits between the moment of presence and absence, between the visible and the invisible. Through the act of tracing, I attempt to “connect the visible trace with the invisible thing, the absent thing…” (Calvino, Six Memos, 77)”
Likewise, this installation can be viewed in 3 parts: the present, the absent and that in-between. The installation comprises photographs, prints, and tracings.
The photograph is proof of presence (yet according to theorist Barthes, photographs are conjectures of death in the future), and the traces – made in multiples – are strategies that suggest both a concrete presence and its continuing dissipation as well.