2016. Copper, field, sound

Framing an ephemeral portrait

This work produces sound when a human hand disrupts the invisible electric field hovering within the space of the frame, which is generated and contained by the copper leaf. The sound was derived from the recording of a found conversation in Dutch between the subject of “Wilhelmus, 1922” (see 2015 & 2016. Wax and resin) and his wife.  The copper leaf has been left unsealed so that the work has its own life span. As the medium transforms into copper sulfate it will no longer be conductive, and so the field will dissipate over time. The artwork, as a result, has its own lifespan. A fragile memory of the human voice contained therein. 

 Framing an ephemeral portrait, copper leaf and microprocessor on cedar and maple, 105 x 75 x 14 cm, (2016)

Framing an ephemeral portrait, copper leaf and microprocessor on cedar and maple, 105 x 75 x 14 cm, (2016)

Natasha Walsh