Researching the word “present” gave me many different ideas about how I could go about making or keeping things present on the line. With my research I learned about present as a sense of being or time, a gift or showing something to somebody.
Through my proposal and other works, none of the ideas seemed to be working out. I changed my original proposal of the gifts, to capturing the present and leaving it on the line for a while on the line, so it would always be present. I asked people why, how, when, etc, they felt present on the line. I put these writings into bottles, and constructed frames to put around these bottles and hung them in the trees along the line. The frame was a way to keep the present there, because there was nothing but the bottle necessarily in the frame, and the line as well.
The idea did not necessarily make sense, so I scrapped it completely and started over. Because this idea did not work, I did further research in how I could keep or make something present on the line.
I thought of everything that could be present on the line, but then not present, because nothing can always be present. Everything becomes the past as soon as it occurs.
The first thing on the line that I could think of being present and disappearing was the sun. I thought of how I could keep it’s presence when it wasn’t there. I used my last idea of captivation to capture the light and keep it present on the line when it wasn’t.
I used mason jars and candles to contain that sense of light. All along the line, I made a trail of the mason jars that were lit with the candles to show that the light was still present, even though it wasn’t there. This idea in a way is a compare contrast, to when the light source is there and when it is not.
When the sun was not out, the candles in the jars still gave off light for one walking the line to be able to see. I took before and after pictures to represent the different presences that were left on the line.
When the sun was out, the light source was present. When the sun went down, there was a darkness present. I took photographs to show in the dark that when the candles were lit, a new light source became present, and when the candles were blown out, the darkness was present again.
These photos show before and after images that represent light being present on the line. I showed how the jars were when the sun was still present, and how they were when the sun was no longer present but the darkness was. I then showed how when the candles and light were blown out and there was no light source, the darkness was again present.
I had people blow out the candles in the photographs to show that they were taking away the presence of the lightness, like a mock of the sun going down and turning into darkness.
Through this idea, I want to communicate to the viewer that while something on the line is not present, there are ways to keep it present if it is not the original itself. The project gave me a different sense of the word and made me think in different ways about how I could use or make it.