I'm a multidisciplinary artist with an obsession with nostalgia and time as a living organism. I make works that seek to uncover hidden pockets of time, exposing its soft belly, trying to unravel its mystery. I try to capture this idea of living, breathing time through painting, sculpture, and video, which I plan to expand into larger, interactive installation works. I want to make work that feels immersive and intimate, that makes the audience feel as though they are peering into a little pocket of preserved or captured time.
WHERE TIME BREATHES
When I think of passing time, I think of all the insignificant moments that get left behind, swallowed into an invisible past. I wanted to make a work that paid homage to these quiet moments, allowing them to be immortalised in memory in the same way bigger moments are. Using my own archival footage, I searched for moments of stillness; moments where the camera is forgotten or relegated to the role of the unfocused eye, absorbing memories without meaning to. This search led me to develop an interest in moments captured by accident - a packet of chips on a holiday, an unidentified shoe, a patch of grass. Things that weren't supposed to be immortalised by the camera, but now are. These moments, I think, were the ultimate example of the aspect of time I was trying to emulate in the video. I decided to pair this archival footage with videos I had taken of spaces that seemed to house this metaphysical pocket of time where all these quiet moments lived. I wanted to to give time a body and a presence and a place to live. In my mind, these moments burrowed in liminal spaces like an underpass, or underneath a damp footbridge. These locations sit behind the archival footage as different clips crash into each other, creating an environment to peer into. The clips overlap, merging together, creating an archival body of my own personal timeline, intertwining my past and present into one. I have tried to build a home for the passing of time, one where it can settle and breathe.
Em Best, where time breathes (2021), Single channel video.