Exercises In Faith: Plant

Julieta Maria

2010, 08:40 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1004.10

Available for single channel presentations or as an installation loop.
From the series Exercises in Faith.

On a black background, I take a small houseplant with its pot and top it over. I break the pot with a hammer, hitting it continuously until it becomes scattered pieces. After a little while, I start organizing the pieces and the soil, like solving a puzzle, into a two dimensional arrangement that resembles the original. The video presents the action’s real duration, without editing.

The action addresses pain, but it is held back. There is a rational, logical activity applied to what is chaotic and vulnerable. The solution is not satisfactory or dwells in the mourning of the lost object, the lost quality.

The destruction, and putting back together of the pot, soil and plant could be seen as an effort in defining what is other. There is a lack of faith that drives the piece. At the end, it leaves you occupying a world in which loss and death that cannot be overcome.

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