LESLIE BERNS
Grounding (installation view)
2014
Video
4:21
2011
High definition video, 4:12

This cinematic video stems from my "Flower of Life" series, which is based on a geometric pattern of intersecting circles. Here I explore the same motif as a ‘choreographed performance drawing’. Sitting still on an island in a stream as if pulling the sequence of black, abstract shapes from my body – seed, embryo, flower, butterfly - I ceremonially place the layers of the drawing on the ground. Slow-moving gestures are a metaphor for the fluidity of water and the passage of time. As the seasons change so does my attire from black to white against the snow. In an archetypal landscape, a ‘silent ritual drama’ of burial and the stages of grief expresses the deep connection to 'place' from one generation to the next.


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Castletown Downtown Gallery
Rutland, Vermont
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