SOMETHING MOVED IN SILENCE


Something moved in silence comprises fourteen diptychs, each consisting of a small photo-booth portrait paired with a fragment of lace or fabric. The diptychs are named individually, but are to be read in a consecutive manner, as a kind of extended title or short statement by a narrator.


Something moved in silence.
Behind the curtain, sitting for the imposture,
That was when I looked the other way.
It’s never been quite the same since.
Flashes of light and memory, chemicals and wires.
It could have been me, but it never is anymore.
There was nothing I could do,
My likeness was fading and only traces remained.
The corner of the eye could give me away.
The blank stare behind it all,
I left it in a body of mine.
My photograph is no longer me, I’m one of them.
A different face, but the words never change:
I die, you die.

This work is meant to evoke several different narratives at the same time, with each story-line having been loosely inspired by a group of interlinked concepts.

These concepts include vision and recognition; Delusional Misidentification Syndromes such as Mirrored-self misidentification where a person believes that their reflection is another person and Reverse Capgras syndrome where a person believes that they have been transformed into or replaced by someone else; the Fregoli delusion, or belief that one or more familiar persons repeatedly change their appearances; Depersonalization-derealization disorder, involving the feelings of being unreal, or seeing oneself or others as unfamiliar, artificial or mechanical; evidence and mementoes; splitting and doubling; and Optography, the recording of an image on the retina of the eye, along with the mistaken belief that the face of a killer could be imprinted upon the eyes of a murder victim at the time of their death.