Paul Couillard

2006, 04:20 minutes, colour, English


"The solace of grief, which seems so painful, is that it offers us the chance to find rest in the face of horror."

This video is based on a performance originally presented in Lublin, Poland in 2005. The location for REST is the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct in Toronto, a site notorious as a magnet for people contemplating suicide. Here, ice serves as a material metaphor for grief. Lodged in the open mouth of shock, a piece of ice melts and flows down the body of the performer. Its melting cushions the slow collapse of the jaw into a state of relief and rest from horror.

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