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THE FOLDED OCEAN

2005

Video Projection

Dimensions: Variable
A 6-minute, looped video recording of ocean waves projected into a corner from the ceiling above.  The chevron shape appears to flatten into a rectangular image that spans the corner as one approaches the line of projection. This piece is informed by trompe l’oeil painting, particularly the ceiling frescos in the Palazzo Farnese by Annibale Carracci (1595, Rome) and the practice of anamorphosis, the distortion of an image by the use of perspective such that it appears to be “correct” when seen from an oblique angle.  A historical example of anamorphosis is the skull in Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors (1533, National Gallery, London).