Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Amy Jenkins

Shelter for Daydreaming

Shelter for Daydreaming

Amy Jenkins. Shelter for Daydreaming, 2000.

"Shelter for Daydreaming" is a two-channel video which invokes the netherworld of “In-Betweeness.” Projected 8 x 11 feet onto a suspended, “floating” wall centered within the gallery, one side of the wall shows a small house seemingly suspended in an aqueous region which is without gravity, yet is somehow tethered to the movement of the underside of waves. Occasionally, a wave will lift from the base of the house, revealing its underside. In this momentary flash are trees and a landscape pointing downwards, becoming the roots that temporarily stabilize and give location and mass to the house. As quickly as this under/aboveworld appears, it is obscured by the resettling of the wave and the viewer is returned to the isolated, aqueous void into which the house is slowly being pulled. The second channel of "Shelter for Daydreaming" is projected onto the opposite side of the floating wall in the center of the gallery. This large-scale projection shows the interior of an empty house. The view focuses on two rooms, separated by a central wall; the interior sways back and forth as if contained within a boat. The fluid movement can be mesmerizing and meditative, yet also unstable and precarious. The large-scale projections both contain fluid, rocking motions that can physically affect the viewer’s equilibrium. "Shelter for Daydreaming" summons a feeling of being on a voyage through water and air with no destination named. As if in a daydream, the fluid movement of the video is mesmerizing and meditative, yet also unstable and precarious. There is a sense of searching and isolation, the desire to find a home. Addressing the notions of interior and exterior, above and below, "Shelter for Daydreaming" invokes the netherworld of "In-Betweeness:" To be without origin, floating somewhere between the solid and the fluid, somewhat awake, yet far away from an actual place. Link to view video on artist's website: http://www.amyjenkins.net/videos/shelter.html Edition One of Two, is in the permanent collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. "Shelter for Daydreaming" was made possible in part with funds and in-kind support from: The New York State Council on the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, The Experimental Television Center, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, and the MacDowell Colony.


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