WATER'S EDGE


Run Time: 00:05:10 Year: 2010 looped single channel installation Waters' Edge by Jim Riley documentation of BAC installation (mid range) from Jim Riley on Vimeo.


Water's Edge speaks not only of the connection between land and water but a conceptual metaphor of location and time in our perceptual memory.   The installation uses land and water to examine barriers and how differences may be resolved.

Humans spend time at the water's edge, but, as land creatures, we tend to visit only the surface edge and not to wander too far inside the watery world.  We peer through a portal opening and gather what we may, as if we were visiting a new location.  We dip into various aspects of the community, and then we leave.  We perceive and retain certain memories that combine in our minds perhaps with other memories to create a new reality – a reality that may not always match the resident's way of perceiving the same location.  

Gulls may act as conduits between land and water worlds.  They are more at home at the water's edge than are humans.  In this installation,  gulls exist as a realistic representation within the video, and as painted, interpretive imagery outside the video portal.  The spirit of the gull can transcend the cold, concrete community barriers that separate us.  A linear drawing of a gull's spirit floats across the painted and video surfaces and unites the two realities.  Gulls represent those positive forces that may transcend difficulties in understanding between communities, countries and people. They are capable of uniting differing perspectives.

Images were used from the communities of Sudbury and Burlington as the documentary beginning in creating this installation.   The audio consists of meditative sounds of gulls and waves lapping at the shoreline. There are three cut out, painted gulls in various stages of flight hung on a painted wall surface. The video is projected on to the painted surface and appears as a portal. A found object beach chair sits within the installation space inviting the viewer to sit and ponder the moving images through the portal.