Janet Biggs, Fade to White (excerpt)
2010
Single Channel HD video, sound
1:48 minute of 12:28 minutes
Edition of 5, plus 2 APs

Fade to White deals with the unachievable desire of discovery on an already exploited planet. Traveling aboard a 100-year-old, two-masted schooner in the Arctic, Biggs filmed a member of the crew as he navigated the sailing ship through iceberg filled seas and paddled a kayak past glacier walls and polar bears. Testing her own will and endurance in this harsh environment, she captured a landscape of uncompromising imagery. Loss and change are implicit in the work’s title, Fade to White, which can refer to an editing technique used to evoke death or transcendence. Biggs integrated her Arctic imagery with video of countertenor John Kelly, whose age, androgyny, and mournful operatic voice parallel the vanishing Arctic landscape and signal the waning of male dominance.

Janet Biggs: Fade to White

Fade to White (video still)

Fade to White (video still), 2010

Fade to White (video still)

Fade to White (video still), 2010

Fade to White (video still)

Fade to White (video still), 2010


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