Mary-Lou

Special production. Shot primarily in Japan in 1988, the artist wondered how it was that a culture could be so pure and unified in its aesthetic approach in such a heavily industrialized society. The obsession for the initial analysis was replaced by a newer need to discover fundamental relationships between the objects made, their function, and their place within the environment. Thus the image of the roof top tiles and the raked temple sand turned into the ocean wave from which they were born, rain upon calm water reflecting a moving sky returning to itself. The framing of frames of images and sound layering into reflection results in a meditation to hit, as an arrow, a present moment. Mary Lou is just a plain American way of saying Marie Louise. She was Napoleon Boneparte’s first wife. She put into practice the passe-partout, an archaic name for the present use of the matte for framing.