Between Silence & The Sea is a lyrical meditation about intersections within the landscape of one’s mind and lived experience, and how these connections form a wellspring for creativity. In this five-minute experimental art video, I explore how inspiration sparks these connections on both canvas and film. The film moves inward toward personal memories, back through time to our early hominid ancestors, and outward through the emergence of art.
There are many different kinds of landscape: the landscape of memory, of the mind, of political and cultural landscapes, as well as the geographical landscape of nature. In his book Landscape and Memory, Simon Schama writes about the profound connections between geographical landscapes, and the resultant development of timeless myths that inform diverse cultures, as seen in their art.
Between Silence & the Sea delves into layers of inspiration, experience, and memory. Memory and awareness are called up much like life’s cyclic rhythms—symbolized by water—tides, waves, ripples, receding and returning. Music builds in waves. Like breaths, vocalizations rhythmically expand and contract.
To create a sound design evoking a sense of mystery, I combined sections of music by three talented avant garde musician/composers. Lesley Flanigan, a “voice sculptor,” sculpts her voice to make music. Tristan Perich makes music with “1 bit” notes—the most basic note made by technology. Jim Coleman creates neo-classical ambient music.
Beauty, art, and profound moments touch us deeply. These are ineffable moments—full of meaning, deeply felt; then gone. Yet they remain in mysterious ways, waiting to be recalled—drawn up from a well of creativity—to be re-experienced, and perhaps reborn.
Between Silence & the Sea (Art Video)