EMPTY TIME: SCULPTURAL POEM #2
This is a durational site-specific installation comprised of glass vessels arranged to form the phrase "Empty Time." The vessels have been hand-blown and are inspired from the collections of American Swedish Museum in Minneapolis. The vessels are filled with colored water to varying levels, and the color saturation of the water is in a gradient. The water is allowed to evaporate over the duration of the installation. The audience is encouraged to interact with the work by lightly touching the vessels with small bamboo or reed sticks, thus creating musical sounds, and animating the work as well as the space in which it is installed.
A writer friend once talked about the time that she spends alone writing or not writing, but thinking about her writing, as empty time. As an artist, I can well identify with that state of mind. To me, the phrase Empty Time, is a fragment of a sentence that suggests solitude, even loneliness, and a fugitive feeling about “filling” the time in which one is alone.
In terms of material significance, the fragility of glass is especially appropriate to physically manifest the tenuous premise of Empty Time. The liquid in the bowls metaphorically “fills” the time, but also evaporates, thus alluding to the ebb and flow of being “empty” and “filled”. Similarly, the echoes of the sounds produced from the bowls “fill” the empty space momentarily and then return it to silence. The Empty Time work is a playful, interactive, and experiential installation that inspires multiple meaning-making possibilities in the viewers.
Empty Time is a continuation in a series of sculptural poems, which are an exercise in paring down to the essentials, to the core, and an attempt at finding the “more in less.” Also suggesting the fractured nature of language, these words are broken or interrupted at seemingly random but very intentional points.