Lesbian Mountains in Love, 2008
Single-channel split screen high-definition video
'Lesbian Mountains in Love' is a projection of two mountains side-by-side: Mount Rainier in Washington State and El Popo just outside Mexico City. Depicted in real time, they speak to each other in private, loving tones: "Will you remember to watch for the full moon?"; "Every single time." Before tectonic movement thrust them upward into mountains some 150 million years ago and separated them, before politico-linguistic boundaries further distanced them, they were once of the same landmass. Now they yearn for reunion in a future Pangea. The stillness of the frames--quiet but for occasional wind blowing snow off the summits, subtle climatic variations, and cloud movement--bespeaks the vastness of geologic (rather than historic or even archaeological) time, and belies the lovers' task: erosion will surely decimate them before they converge. 4'34" gaps of silence--an eternity for the contemporary art viewer--separate seven segments of subtitled dialogue appropriated from the seven tragi-romances of novelist Nicholas Sparks' complete works as of 2008: 'The Notebook,' 'Message in a Bottle,' 'A Walk to Remember,' 'Nights in Rodanthe,' 'At First Sight,' 'Dear John' and 'The Choice.'
Special thanks to: Eric Egerton, Mike Wilkes, Ivin Ballen, Regine Basha, Emilio and Mr. Chapela, Sofia Hernandez, Elizabeth Diaz-Soto, Janet Phelps, Sara Reisman, and Greg O'Malley.