Water Over Stone No. 3, 2021 – Floor Projection Excerpt (excerpt)
Running time: 19:40 minutes / HD / colour
Movement of water over a stone in Lake Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships.
From the exhibition As I Walk at Fonderie Darling, Montréal, 2021.
Camera: Sylvia Safdie Editing: Gabrielle Alain, Sylvia Safdie
In 2003, while gazing at the movement of water in Lake Memphrémagog , I became captivated by the flow of water engulfing a stone. It was a windy afternoon and the water was gushing in rhythmic swirls as it interacted with the stone. It was the stone that I identified with – my body became the stone and I was enveloped by the forces of water as it interacted with my body.
Since then I have often returned to the same spot. With the changing of seasons, the level of water is constantly changing, sometimes revealing and sometimes concealing the stone. I have observed and recorded hours of footage, abandoning myself to the life force expressed by the interaction of water and stone. Chance is inherent in nature – it is echoed by change and the unknown that unfolds in the making of art.