5 Seconds Later

Clay shrank, clay dissolved, clay died.
The idea grew, the form evolved, the ephemeral became eternal.

Life and Death, Ephemeral and Eternal, Creativity and Destruction are phases that are part of Yardenaís reflections and work cycles evident in her recent works and performances. Her art deconstructs the facade of similarities, contradictions and inter-dependence.

5 Seconds Later. (.../2011/2009)
A ceremonious ritual is performed on a clay mould of the artist's body submerged in a white box that could be a coffin for the body's last rites, or it could be for a baptism signifying a new beginning...

The body is submerged in water by performers (live props) robed in white. Water is the essential element of this performance, of the transient process, of everything. It marks the beginning and end of a ceremony, be it birth or death. The presence of water in this performance is vital. It is the nature of water that is the only constant in this ephemeral performance. The form, the medium, the audience are all controlled by this element that controls everything 5 seconds later.

There are live props for the performance, the water bearers. The props too are transient, they evolve, they change, they too will eventually perish. They are ephemeral, but will evolve. But, right now, they are facilitating the process silently, as though they understand and know that it is something we all are destined to. It is inevitable.

We will evolve but in another form, also ephemeral, also eternal.

As they begin to pour the water, the still form comes alive to enter an oblivion, that neither the form knows or the audience. The gradual dispersion and perishing of the (clay, the only artificial material that is very similar to human skin) body in water without a planned ending establishes the thematic significance and relation between art, life, death and the ephemeral. Pertinently displayed alongside the performance is a video showing the unpredictable but probable future of the clay figure a few seconds and then a few hours later. The video is the reverse process that reveals the cycle of life.

As the body begins to lose form, the crowd does too. It disperses. The audience too is transient but constant just like the body that will come together for the next performance. The process continues. At the end, the clay will be collected to evolve into another form that collectively looks the same, but is very different. The performers and audience will gather to look the same, but will also be very different. The transient cycle will repeat itself permanently.



VeeranganaKumari Solanki Jamwal