Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy – Catalogue Release

October 21, 2017



My video work, The Sunshine Bores | The Daylights, was included in this exhibition last fall along with artists: Jen Bervin, Stephanie Brooks, Anne Collier, Bethany Collins, Moyra Davey, Marcelline Delbecq, Abigail DeVille, Eve Fowler, Dianna Frid, Coco Fusco, Sabina Ott, Melissa Pokorny, Kay Rosen, Carrie Schneider, Xaviera Simmons, Lisa Tan, Cecilia Vicuña, Catherine Wagner, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis. The catalog (including texts and essays by Melissa Johnson, exhibition curator Kendra Paitz, Xaviera Simmons, Kay Rosen, Marcelline Delbecq, Cecilia Vicuña, Deborah Willis and Cheryl Finley) is now available via the University Galleries of Illinois State University.

An excerpt of the catalogue text describing my contribution follows:

[Woolf’s] texts are interspersed with still and moving images, sometimes split-screen, of leafless trees, right-side-up and upside-down, against blue and gray skies. All the while, the soundtrack alternates between silence and a woman’s voice repeatedly singing fragments of the phrase “The sunshine bores the daylights out of me” (which sounds like something Woolf may have written, but is not) as she builds phrases into the entire sentence. Her unaccompanied mellow and melodic voice slowly starts and stops, sometimes in off-register layers, in stark contrast to the Rolling Stones’ high-energy-sexually-driven performances of their 1972 song, “Rocks Off,” from which the lyric is quoted. Roe’s mashup of a Modernist’s written text, a classic rock group’s refrain, and her own artistic imagery peacefully washes in and recedes, much like a wave.

– Kendra Paitz, Lead Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University

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