Joan Truckenbrod : Spirit Site, 2002
Traces of the powerful resonances in an empty house, deposited by the family who has grown up there, are reflected in the powerful salmon runs projected into this structure. Salmon are a powerful metaphor for the cycle of life, and embody the treasured relationships and rituals that remain invisibly as the home is emptied out. The occupants follow a trajectory to an idealized retirement home which transformed into and foreign place with “alien” life patterns.
Spirit Site is a video, multimedia installation with a handmade model house, one and one-quarter size of a doll house, that is suspended from the gallery ceiling with clothes line. Video of salmon runs are projected into this empty house, with the video imagery traveling through the open windows and door onto photos of elderly people mounted on the back wall, behind small window frames. Salmon are a powerful metaphor for the cycle of life.
This installation was reviewed in 'ART News' by John Brunetti, February 2003, p 133.
Courtesy of Joan Truckenbrod. Featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'.
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