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.