Installation view, Martos Gallery, New York, 2008

2008-12, HD, 20 minutes

Nascentes Morimur consists of silent footage of an actual autopsy. Images of the dissected flesh are shown emerging from the darkness. They reference investigations into the interior of the body undertaken since the Renaissance by artists, anatomists and physicians. Stan Brakhage’s film The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes is a clear precedent, but here the point of view is a lot closer to the body. Purplish skin, darkened cavities, and whorls of red viscera become almost abstract, as the viewers are left to ponder their own mortality.

Screened at the Flaherty Seminar, 2009