2010 | installation for sound and evolving arrangement of mirrored objects | 7 minutes
The Burden invites spectators into a darkened room one at a time. Waiting for them is an arrangement of mirrors and a pair of headphones. The soundtrack is made up almost entirely of vocals sung by the artist, layered and processed. The listener hears an individual trapped at the threshold of making an I-statement, caught in the infinite complexities of this word, traveling through the vast pleasures, lamentations and solitudes of the ego. The "I" is sustained, uninterrupted over seven minutes, and as it stretches, a constantly shifting musical score emerges, transforming the colour of this vowel through a spectrum of wordless emotions.
The Burden is accompanied by an editioned artist bookwork which notates the tenor vocal line as a band of shifting, shimmering colours.