Sand, Time, Breath, Gesture (Video)
6 minute loop
Walking the beach on Bruny Island I came across an exquisite piece of seaweed whose spread form looked just like an anatomical map of the lungs. A central trunk branched in two and kept parting and dividing into two symmetrical arrangements of long, delicate twists. It was lying flat on the wet sand and as I approached the shallow water washed up and receded, repeatedly animating the rippling weed and then laying it flat again. From my perspective it seemed that the weed was breathing. That observation then widened into a sense of the ocean itself breathing, controlled by tides at the direction of the turning and returning moon, and on out to an entire universe at the command of gravity. A great inhalation and exhalation. From the micro to the macrocosm, all these cycles, and light years folding into a moment.
I made a drawing tool from a sack of sand, a funnel, a hose and a nozzle.
I wanted to draw breath without a preconceived idea of the shape it might take or the direction it might take me. This is a record of the time that drawing lasted and the form it took.