Love Lucy is a video composition of 942 photographs of an ex-lover that co-exists as an artifice that unveils something that once was, and a dream-vision guide to emotional resolve. Thematically, it explores the parameters of relationship trust, the mythic shroud of photography, as well as the embryonic guessing-game of memory. The moving photographs surge and swell with unearthly momentum, flickering just below our visual threshold for perceiving clear facial information. In effect, the viewer undergoes the gestalt processes of reconstructing a whole from partial information, but this whole can only ever be a fragmented abstraction of Lucy's face. The title, Love Lucy, may well read more as a signature to the piece, as she the beloved entices us with fleeting glances; inviting us to ponder the difficulties of recollection and reminiscence, and exposing the fickleness of memory. Love Lucy remains volatile; racing like a quickening heart-beat, it conjures up the giddiness of falling in love, and the inability to hold onto it.
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