Chiseled Opening in the Mackenzie River, 2011 (video still)

Commonly used as a metaphor evoking time, a river appears continuous, progressing in a linear fashion, and flowing in one direction. What happens when the river hides beneath a thick sheet of ice? The frozen surface impedes awareness of the passage of time. In this video, ice fog shrouds the frozen Mackenzie River, a landscape of profound stillness. An opening in the river reveals a hidden motion and restores the passage of time.

The video captures the cyclical movement of a directional flow. Seen as a pulse, random waves merge into an attunement: a flexural gravity wave.

Chiseled Opening in the Mackenzie River was presented at SWITCH, a public moving image screening event in the streets of Nenagh, Ireland, 5-12 February 2012.