Fractal Mountain

Installation at Diana Stigter Gallery, 2008

Can you have a true, direct experience of an event? Habit makes us blind to what is truly unique about the familiar. I want people to see things as if they are new and unknown. Can we even see what is unfamiliar without memory and experience to give it meaning? Art asks these questions. I sought to discover how small an intervention in the everyday can make what is familiar to us seem new again.

In Fractal Mountain, eight cracked plates of glass stand one behind the other like mountains on the horizon. By directing a spotlight on it we underline its new meaning: the blue glow transforms the plates of glass into one solid scene. At the same time, the light makes the breaks in the glass more visible and reflects uniquely in each pane.