January 15, 2011

Absence Presence Part II

Presence requires inhabiting the body.

Presence is essential to all spiritual practices, religions and to life. If we are not present we are missing our experience and the opportunity at hand. With this in mind an exploration of presence and absence evolved. Although I establish my parameters, my frame, what takes place within that context is unknown, subject to movement and presence. Shooting only at night there is absence of light.

I considered that in terms of movement and what I know about the fluid system, thanks to my practice of Continuum Movement - of which the body and the entire galaxy is a part of - when there is any isolating phenomena, as there was during the Holocaust, the fluid will compress, forming a barrier to the world, stifling circumstance. This results in a kind of "hologram" of survival and can be read as a diary of existence.

The social consequences of these behavior barriers eventuate in a loss of fundamental resonance resulting in an inability to feel. The holocaust was an example of this condition.

After shooting in the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, my exploration of absence presence continued in my studio in Brooklyn. It really began with the ghost series before that, however, only in reflection, did I realize that "ghosts" was about absence and presence. In addition, I don't like the horror implications associated with the word ghosts.

Walking into the frame or parameter of the camera and the passage of light, I was/am able to learn something new about myself and my environment. Something invariably hidden yet transparent.

Again, the realization of my purpose usually comes after I'm well into my work. If I think too much about what I think I want to achieve, it tends to get in the way of the work. The "work" or results come from the marriage of the artist and the process. If you hold too tightly to a desired image, you will inevitably be disappointed. Instead, what comes forth is usually stronger, more authentic and much more surprising than what you imagined. It's the same in life. Holding too tightly to an idea produces too much tension and blocks the flow of creation.

Speaking of which, I intended to finish this discourse on absence and presence, but Iíve had enough of sitting at the computer and the onset of one of those malicious flues is threatening me. Time to make more soup.

Cheers ed un abbraccio,


Posted by Barbara at January 15, 2011 12:04 PM