2016 Finalists

Transillumination (A Moment of Noise in Memory of Absence), 2016

by Kailum Graves

Finalist, 2016
Duration: 9:20 minutes (looped)
Single-channel HD digital video

Artist's statement

Transillumination (A Moment of Noise in Memory of Absence) is comprised of thousands of self-portraits created by capturing the transmission of light through different parts of my body with a mobile phone. Transillumination of the skin is performed to visualise subsurface blood volume and blood oxygen saturation; however, by repeating the process in this portrait, it creates an ambiguous sequence of moving images that exist somewhere between art and life, the organic and inorganic. The work is a combination of performance and videography and takes the form of both an abstract self portrait and a binary landscape.