Embrace in Progress

A series of sculptures that explore dimensions of intimacy in an embrace. For those unaccustomed to physical contact, an embrace can distort the sense of time and amplify the sense of enclosure around one’s own stillness.

Such intimacy does not occur in a single moment. It is a relationship between two bodies over time, but this dynamic quality is lost in 3D images made by conventional means. Embrace in Progress conveys this motion through the aesthetic of slit scanning, a technique that captures an image one row at a time. The form shifts along the vertical axis, maintaining a continuous flow as one subject moves and the other stands still throughout the embrace. Infrared capture was referenced to slit-scan video to produce these forms.

The initial exhibition of this project yielded the realization that it could be adapted as a collaborative performance, seeding the idea for Knowing Together.