Suddenly it’s over and you re-enter the gallery’s booth and even though you’re behind the screen for just a couple of minutes, the experience of seeing people again is startling.
The final portraits – installed all through the booth – appear ghostly, yet vibrant; contemplative, yet alert; familiar, yet strange. As I write this I can’t wait to receive my own stranger in the mail and of course will wonder who will be looking at my portrait… and are they as eager to receive it as I am?
Last year Ann set up a massive installation at the Park Avenue Armory titled the event of a thread which took over the Armory’s entire interior and engaged visitors in “a multisensory affair, that drew together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invited visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body, the relationship between the animal and the human.”*
Interview transcript on page 3