Violet Hour (2009)

DVD, NTSC color video, stereo sound, variable dimensions 00:10:44:00

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Violet Hour is a visual interpretation of a passage from T.S. Eliot’s epic poem The Wasteland. The violet hour in Eliot’s poem refers to dusk, the temporal bridge between day and night, a liminal space that evokes a sense of dissociation and anxiety. Violet Hour presents a view of the San Francisco Bay that has been stripped of its landmarks, horizon line and normal waterway activity. Although boats have been erased from the water’s surface, disembodied wake patterns appear in the otherwise calm waters adding to the overall sense of strange. Smoke rises from the empty horizon line as if from some distant explosion. In the final seconds of the video, the landscape above the horizon line is revealed and the sound becomes naturalistic, resolving the image and dispelling the tension of the frame. Violet Hour has been exhibited at Artisphere, Arlington, VA; the 2010 Governor’s Island Art Fair and Sasha Wolf Gallery, NYC.

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  • Year Created: 2009
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Saturday Apr 28th, 2012
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  • Work Credits:
    • mayaciarrocchi, primary creator
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