Video

self-portrait in revolutions

Jude Norris

2008, 02:40 minutes, colour, silent

TAPECODE 181.14

Single channel for screenings or on-screen loop for installation.
Overall dimensions variable.
Video screen of rear projection size approx 14”

In this video self-portrait, looped slow-motion imagery plays continuously on a monitor embedded in a large white wall or sheet of white fabric, creating a small moving-image 'painting' within an expanse of white space. The monitor shows the artist spinning in endless revolutions.

To see gallery views go here:
www.judenorris.com/installation-work/self-portrait-in-revolutions

“This piece was inspired by a woman I saw while I was driving one summer afternoon ‘back home’ in Edmonton. There are amazing thunderstorms there almost every day in the summer. During one of these quick storms, I looked down a side street to see this Native woman out on the sidewalk, spinning around with her face turned up to the rain. Her image and spirit stayed with me and transformed into this artwork.

The endless revolutions are symbolic of the circularity and movement inherent to all aspects of life, and all movement within it. The work is a celebration of tribal cultural understandings of this. Circular movement is recognized in different cultures throughout the world as being sacred, and creating this piece was like making my own human prayer wheel.

The ‘revolution’ in the title is obviously a play on words that can also be incorporated into the meaning of the piece. I’ve also heard it interpreted as portraying a restlessness, and I equate the constant movement with what I consider to be an inherent bend towards nomadity within my own life and character, as well as being common in other Indigenous/creative people, and which can be challenging/interesting to implement and/or contain in a contemporary Western lifestyle.. “

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