Churn Series, digital video (2 mins 4 secs) and digital photography, dimensions variable, 2009.
In "Churn", I asked women to speak while submerged in water. As they submerge, their hair floats out to the side and their faces react and strain in the water. The women physically struggle to speak without sucking in water, but find liberation in the muffling effect of the water. This experience gives them license to explicitly express their feelings. While listening to the audio portion, the viewer can almost decipher a few of the words the women are speaking. The difficulty of hearing what they are saying conveys the frustration of wanting, even needing to be heard.
© 2016 Emily Scott Beck