portfolio > Variations on Silence/Elements of Doubt, 2007 (25 images)

With time, it is between me and myself that silence settles down.
My intimacy is in silence.
--Trinh T. Minh-ha


On the back page of the book from which the above quote was taken, I found a phrase jotted in my handwriting. It must be at least fifteen years old. It says, “Showing themselves, they hide. Hiding, they show themselves.”

Are these my own words, or from another book I was reading at that time?

Although the words are probably not my own, the thought has become a part of me after years of retelling. Time has blurred the boundary between the origin of the thought and the carrier of the thought.

In our culture of spin and rapid turnarounds, murmurs and nurturing of fragile ideas are replaced by loud sound bites and quick and easy certainty.

In this installation, “Variations on Silence and Elements of Doubt,” I explore the notion of silence--not as the absence of sounds--but where doubt resides between showing and hiding.