“Within my work, there’s always a core of the ancient, which is very important, because I always play with two time scales. I use contemporary media, and I talk about contemporary themes, but I’m interested in transcending that and using a sense or an energy that is more ancient. I trained in core shamanism, which means I know how to journey to the environmental realities called the Upper, Middle and Lower worlds, which animal and tree spirits inhabit." GN
A QUEST FOR MEANING is the title of a new ongoing series that re-examines larger spiritual and philosophical questions through the photographic details of everyday life. AQFM uses abstract photography to refocus the formalism of the still life genre, so that what appears in the microcosm of the photograph is a reflection of what occurs in the larger macrocosm of the universe. The photographs will take the installed form of an astronomical star constellation or grid pattern. AQFM is a universal narrative, a creation story from the beginning of Time. Told through photography it tells ‘stories’ between similarly disparate objects and events from the Big Bang until now, by conjuring up and making new connections between them. Furthermore, AQFM continues my instinctual performance practice which taps into the primordial for its foundation. I see my single and multi-screen video installations as performative, sculptural objects in which the physicality of video creates a new world, in which the viewer is located in both the ancient and postmodern.
Grace Ndiritu Video Art Collection www.axisweb.org/artist/gracendiritu