2004 | DV | silent | 4min
floating single-screen projection | dimensions variable
An albino turtle drifts benignly across the screen, a symbol of loneliness at its most undiluted. Its milky white skin is an ineffective armour against the elements, and one that constantly signals its outsider status, alienating it from the rest of the breed. A ghost-like apparition, it appears sexless and anonymous.
This work is part of the albino/white animals series, and my interest lies in the mythic value attributed to the albino, but also underlying this, issues of race and identity, which is here transferred to the animal kingdom. The title refers to a concept of “ultimate purity” that is embodied in the “Living Rule” of a convent, a space propelled towards the solitary and meditative aspects of existence.