Excerpt from Spill, 1999
12 min loop. 16mm B/W. Silent
Spill uses a cinematic device, or effect, in order to deal with notions of threshold, appearance and threat. It situates itself in a tradition of painting in the way it uses fog to evoke a feeling of the uncanny or the sublime, also referencing horror and science fiction films of the 1950’s and contemporary commercial music videos. Fog and mist were, and still are, used in Hollywood productions to designate a shift in aspect – a movement from the natural to the supernatural. It is a hypnotic process yet threatening, acting like a narcotic.