Hush I and Hush II (1998)
Brass door plates, LED light, photo sensor, film strip, film viewer, motor, audio player.
In Hush I, the viewer activates a scene of voyeurism by looking through the keyhole in a brass doorplate. This activates a film loop of imagery that slowly rotates through a magnified lens. Fragments of flesh and fire and decaying flowers, lace, keys, a pointing finger, an open mouth — all move through vertically in a languid motion that demands great patience. When the viewer is hungry enough, a kind of abstract narrative unfolds, stopping only when it ceases to have an audience.
In Hush II, the viewer looks through the keyhole to activate a sound loop, shifting from voyeur to listener. One hears a chorus of young voices chanting and clapping a jump rope rhyme layered with sporadic ambiguous moans: the tension between adult experience and a child’s curiosity.