The Reflecting Pool

1977-79, 7 min, color, sound

In this work, all movement and change in an otherwise still scene is confined to the reflections on the surface of a pool in the woods. Suspended in time, a man hovers in a frozen, midair leap over the water, as subtle techniques of still-framing and multiple keying join disparate layers of time into a single coherent image. Viola writes that "the piece concerns the emergence of the individual into the natural world — a kind of baptism."

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1977-80, 62 min, color, sound