The two-person exhibition Watery Ghosts brings together material practices that make space for deeper understandings of the subtleties of love, loss and grief. Sherry Walchuk and Eliza Fernand are subtly attuned to the fragile and fleeting nature of our human bodies, in all of their watery complexities. Their work is playful, ecstatic and tragic, acting as archives of deep feeling and loss. - Amber PB, curator
Nonpropositions and Reasonings (Water and Ghosts) visualizes two intersecting spheres of research with overlapping circular video projections. Arranged as a Venn diagram, the moving images seek to portray the shifting states of water and ghosts. Two-channel voice-over soundtracks meander and relay off of one another, asking questions and seeking connection. On one side, a collection of findings and observations on the hyrdrofeminist potential of watery embodiment. On the other side, a reverie on ghosts that leans away from the supernatural.
Ceramic sculptures in the gallery reflect my research on the potential of solidity and the prevalence of ghastliness. Slip-cast in plaster molds, the forms have captured a solid from a liquid. (Is a slip-cast sculpture a ghost of the original?) Clustered like knick-knacks, the busts and witch finger forms are stand-ins for human touch. Some have cameos in the video work, others distract and tell their own stories.
Curator Amber PB paired my work with that of Sherry Walchuk, who built The Crying Station inside of the gallery. The piece had a motorized fountain, generating the sound of running water that mingled with the audio from my video installation, which was audible both in speakers and gallery headphones.