Ruskin School of Art MFA Degree Show
University of Oxford
Single Channel HD Video
Latitudes is an installation, video work, and text of the same name. The installation was composed of wall-to-wall hand-made plaster wave-form tiles. The tiles were designed to break under the weight of bodies walking across them to view the video embedded into the far wall. The video contains a single durational scene of overlapping waves. A white sail boat crosses Lake Huron. Narrative fragments appear on the horizon, as the mind is seen pulled in and out of an undertow of past and present memories. Latitudes refers to the horse latitudes, a region 30° N and 30° S of the equator, where the crews of becalmed ships threw horses overboard to conserve water. Ideas around consuming and being consumed —by the lake, by love, by a person—are remembered, as lovers become waves, plaster, horses, dead weight, fruit, and everything is subsumed.
THESE STORIES OVERLAP / WHILE THESE WATERS / SCALDING SOFT SUMMER FLESH / I TRY AND RECALL A DREAM / I STAND WITH THEM / THEN WHITE PEAKS / A TSUNAMI / SAVED BY A BOY / A TOPPLING ROOM / OVER WATERFALL OR PROMONTORY / I LAND ON A BEACH WHOSE / SANDS ARE OCHRE / CLEAR OF BODIES DEBRIS / ALONE ON A / BOULDER MARKED PATH / LEANS INTO DWELLING TIDES / TOWARD AN ENGLISH SUN / THE SHAPE OF IRON / AND SMELL OF BURNING / MY SILUETTE REMEMBERS / THE UNDERTOW BETWEEN US / THAT SPUTTERING PULL / AS THE WATER CONTRACTS ITS CADENCE / WHAT WAS REAL / SKOGAFOSS / LOCH NESS / SODA POP / THE SHETLAND ISLANDS / REYNISFJARA / AND ITS BLACK SANDS / AUSTRALIA / FUKUOKA OR SCHWAIGERN / NOT THIS PLACE / NOT LAKE HURON / EYES BURN IN RETICENT WATERS / AS OILY HANDS ATTEMPT / TO SMOOTH THE WATER FACE / STILL FLUSHED / TO TASTE LIKE THE SEA / WHEN ALL HE WANTED WAS SWEET / DID I DREAM THIS / TWO BODIES OVERLAPPING / THE FEELING OF FULL OF SURF / HOW IT RETURNS SO HOPEFULLY / BRIMMING OVER BODY / FLOODED IN ITS / SPUME AND FOAM / FIZZ AND SPIT / CUM AND SWEAT / WHAT TEMPERATURE ARE THESE / INTERMITTENT THOUGHTS / OUR LOUDEST PAUSES / DETAILS SKIP UNDER SLIPPING STONE / THE GRAPHITE SHEEN OF SECRETS / GNAWED FINGERS COMBING TOUSLED HAIR / THE SMALL OF THE BACK / I REMEMBER CRASHING PREEMPTIVELY / NOW WAVES BREAK AGAINST A CHEST / HAWTHORN CRACKS THE CORNERS OF A MOUTH / NAMES RING / MUSCLE MEMORY MUSCLE / FEEL FOR EMBOSSMENT / INTER NOS / IT COMES IN WAVES / REAL PAIN IN DREAMS / WHERE WE SPEAK PERFECT FRENCH / VERRE EST LA COULEUR DE SES YEUX / YOU SEE A SHIP IN THE DISTANCE / IT VAPOURS FROM THE SURFACE / UNLIKE THESE PLUNGING SKINS / A CAPSIZED DEAD WEIGHT / HORSE LATITUDES / MAKE A HIGH TIDE BETWEEN US / AND OIL PAINTED GRAPEFRUIT SKIN / IS ALL THAT IS LEFT / BECAUSE YOU WERE DEVOURED AT ONCE / WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN SLOW SLICES / NOW IVE EATEN OUR ORCHID / FED IT TO PLASTER BONES / THAT WARMING COOLING CRACKING / MIX INTO SANDS / LIKE ANY OTHER DEAD HORSE / AND ANY OTHER CAST DREAMS / HERE IS DIFFERENT / WE ARE BEGINNING WITH THE END / IT COMES IN AND OUT OF FOCUS