Departed Dialogues, 2019
Ida Sophia considers the next phase of the departed’s journey. Does dialogue exist ‘up there’, in nirvana, the next world, the hereafter? What (perhaps) might it sound like? Can we be heard?
The first law of thermodynamics states that:
the total energy of an isolated system [i.e: the body] is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed [in death].
Applied in this context, a departed souls’ energy remains, causing a line of connection/ communication to remain open. Upon entering, the viewer approaches couplings of hovering faces. Parent to child. Lover to Lover. Sibling to Sibling. Friend to Friend. Enemy to Foe. Artist to Artist. Beneath delicate folds of fabric, the ambiguous human faces are positioned in dialogue with one another amidst a cacophony of noise. The imagined soundscape represents the departed souls’ dialogue in the next world; their energetic unity which exists beyond the physicality of plain language.
In the centre of the room, a set of eight masks are turned to look outward. The sphere of faces invites the viewer to approach and engage in dialogue. As features come into familiar focus, the moment to communicate with your departed arrives. In speaking to those we have lost, we create a space to accept their absence while forming a connection back to them. The words spoken to these representations are absorbed, seemingly distorted, and are then translated back into the soundscape dialogue. Speak your grievances and final thoughts, your yearnings and misgivings, your promises pledged, kept and broken.
Speak with them, they are listening.
Sculptural Installation and Sound Work (below) - photographs from Solo Exhibition at Æther Art Space, Sofia Bulgaria May 3-26 2019