single channel video, 9 minutes
In Keeping Things Whole, a man appears and moves alone across a snow-swept field
toward a line of trees, disappearing into the white void of a blizzard. Apparitions of
watchful animals drift in and move away, witnesses or guides to the figure's journey.
Sounds of howling winds and occasional strains of music create a dynamic, aural landscape
and add to the piece's melancholic tone.
Shots of the monochromatic landscape were combined with layers of swirling snow, creating
a painterly quality, reminiscent of an india ink wash. This piece, inspired by Mark Strand's
poem of the same name, offers a deliberate, meditative slowness punctuated with moments of
temporary rapture. This project was commissioned by the Poetry Society of America through
their Poetry in Motion Pictures program.
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