© 2020 by Erin Elyse Burns

TO TAKE THE SHAPE OF THE CONTAINER

Two-Channel Video and Sound Installation

Duration: 13 minutes, 23 seconds

This work centers ideas of loss, feminine identity, and meditation. From visions of death, to repetitive acts of quietude – visual dichotomies structure the work. Drawing inspiration from the mind’s perception after many days in silent meditation, the installation emphasizes the acute awareness possible when the white noise of city life is absent. Grounded in corporeality, both sound and image are utilized to enhance and exaggerate physical awareness. The left video channel highlights individualistic imagery that includes visions that reoccurred in dreams, nightmares, and during silent meditation around the time of my mother’s death. The right video channel emphasizes communal experience, with large groups of people sitting cloaked in harbinger’s robes, and slowly walking across the frame. Collectively, the work communicates concepts of being alone, together.