cattails
September 2016
Ark and Apple Videos


   

UHTS collected works











. . . here is what Beth and Dawn have to say about their work:


"In a video haiga, the viewer can watch words and pictures unfold over time, covering the blank page. As the viewer, our interest is captured because we want to find out what will appear. Sometimes we can anticipate the next word or shape, sometimes we’re in for a surprise. Or we just get mesmerised by the movements and the contrast between what’s there and what isn’t there yet.The audio track, too, emerges from nothing and develops to completion as we listen. Whatever aspect of the video we concentrate on, we’ve forgotten what else is going on around us- a suspension of the ordinary.

As the creator of a video haiga, we have a concept and we plan in advance what should de done, step by step. Then we press "record", and the haiga takes on a life of its own. The unexpected happens. Maybe the sun comes out and destroys our uniform lighting, or the brush doesn’t twist the way we want it to. Suddenly we realise we’re writing different words to those in the original draft, or the words are now in different places on the page. And what trouble we have trying to get the audio track to finish at the same time as the rest of the haiga! Whatever aspect of the video we concentrate on, we’ve forgotten what else is happening around us—a suspension of the ordinary."

John Updyke said: "What art offers is space- a certain breathing room for the spirit."


"Our aim is to offer this space"—Elizabeth McFarland, Germany
—Dawn Wood, Scotland