JOCELYNE PRINCE: ARTIST COMMENTARY "SLIDE LIBRARY"
Interview by Don Goodes
Providence, RI, April 2006
Duration: 5min 52sec
:: SLIDE LIBRARY STATEMENT ::
Slide Library is a library of glass panels that are physically changed by various stresses. The first series is the Watermark series, these panels were produced by with "splashing machines" that were built to produce varied splashing movements. These machines were, in turn used to splash water onto molten glass. The hot glass was used as a film onto which the actual and elusive movement of splashing/moving water was recorded. In the second series the Crack series, the glass was thermally stressed, in a pinpoint manner by a variety of personal objects. Rigorous notes on weather conditions, ambient temperature, and object temperature are part of this series. The ability to recreate the same type of crack in the glass is key as a scientific standard. The third series, Vibration series the molten glass is scared using the sound produced by playing parts of songs from my family's LP collection. The glass is put in contact with a bath of molten tin in a tray that is being vibrated by the stereo speakers. The series is an analogue imaging of this particular record collection. The last series titled Dust series is the byproduct of making the previous series.
In each series the given activity produced a slight or marked scarring of the glass surface. This scarring records the stress, water, object, album sound or glass dust. Through this process I have come to see these activities, and the resulting glass panels in much the same way as one views photography or digital imaging. Differing though is the fact that there are no mediating circumstance, there are no lenses or scanners, just direct cause and effect, which pushes me to conclude that these panels are a type of self-recording device, a type of phonautograph if you like.
The complete installation includes eight large shelves and over 1000 glass panels and corresponding notebooks. The installation set-up is library-like and the feat of organization and/or categorization begins. The act of documentation and categorization explores our analytical desires to organize in a theoretically objective manner. Yet, in this case, it is clear that we begin to think and identify with associative thinking more than empirical observation.