installation | video projection
Collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board
en transi combines the projected video image of moving flame with the digitally manipulated detail of a 16th century
funerary monument. The still image, taken from the transi tomb of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, is cropped and enlarged
dramatically. The profile of throat and upturned face, lips parted, conveys an erotic shadow, the release of death paralleled
with the petite mort, the "small death" of sexual intimacy. Placed horizontally, the vitality of fire juxtaposes the cool hues of
the still image: the inert stone figure anchors the diptych in the heaviness of loss, while the undulating flame references the
transference of the material body into ashes, and the potentiality of rebirth.
From Lisa Baldissera, Curator, "Memoirs: Transcribing Loss," Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, 2000.