"Sleeps in Blood"
Single bulb florescent light fixtures, quarter dome safety mirror.
“Sleeps in blood” is based on Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower, located on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. The Imagine Peace Tower was created to commemorate Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s devotion to advocating world peace and is scheduled to illuminate on significant days like John Lennon’s date of birth, date of death, and other significant dates in the couples lives and relationship. Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower shines a pillar or light into the sky the gesture of which suggesting an attempt to create a passage or connection to John Lennon in his afterlife. The Imagine Peace Tower reflects an infinite and impossible distance. “Sleeps in blood” is quoted from a psychic’s prediction that was communicated to Ono prior to John Lennon’s assassination. The project uses Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s love story as an emotional surrogate. Their celebrity status and very public and tragic lives and relationship are already a reference point for viewers to emotionally connect with.
The piece was originally created as part of Anticipating Distance – the second part of a multiple city exhibition being held in Winnipeg (C Space Gallery, August 28-September 4) and Vancouver (Avenue, September 24-30).
“The examination of distance as a concept attaches most immediately to the tools used to measure and travel it. Modes of distance predicate relationships between art and viewer, outlined via systems of measurement: kilometers, minutes, before and after– units are used to highlight a particular point within variable spectrums. But distance is also interpreted cognitively, expanding and contracting internally within the perception of the traveler. The anticipation of the remaining distances becomes reliant on the mode of transport – physical or mental - and remaining time and space to close in upon.”
The work was then featured in Winnipeg in 2016 at Actual Gallery as part of an exhibition titled Since Then as part of nùna (now). The show then traveled to Kamloops Art Gallery in 2017.