"A puddle contains an universe"
Gastón Bachelard, L'eau et les rêves
"No one bathes twice in the same waters," said Heraclitus speaking about the passage of time with the image of a river. Water is not only the origin of life, but also its occurrence. The gone by times are water past and the downpour, the thunderstorm, is temporary. The time as duration, the concept that describes the French philosopher Henri Bergson, is easily explained with this metaphor: Time is a river whose flow comes to the present from the past, and goes forward; also, there is the opposite concept that Gastón Bachelard puts forward, time as present moment can be represented by the image of a flowing fountain.
Water is the key element of our existence. We are made of two third parts water in our body and, curiously our planet maintains this proportion. Water is life, existence in motion: water is action.
There are troubled waters as troubled times, dead waters where nothing happens, and the abysmal deep-sea. Water’s ways can speak about our experience and our feelings, since as water we stagnate and flow, occupying spaces in a malleable and transitory way.
With Interior Seasons I approach water as a metaphor of time. Time is action, and with the image of water I made a series of photographs that integrate it as a trace of actions, as a document of being. In this way, for example, I fill with water the hollows of my mattress to reveal the form of my body in rest, or flood intimate spaces around my house, in a play in which the interior becomes exterior, as the house becomes the scenery to itself. Drizzles and thunderstorms, rivers and ponds, inhabit my environment and give a form to what happens in it: to make with the flow of water the image of moments, frames of mind and ways of being.
This series is the result of a process of making installations, staging spaces, which I then register with analogue photography, avoiding any sort of digital manipulation. It is thus a sculptural work of place specific intervention with photographic ends.